Mumbai:When Sachin Tendulkar bats, the entire nation comes to a standstill, so when he tweets about a cause, the response undoubtedly has to be overwhelming. A few weeks ago Sachin Tendulkar had tweeted about creating awareness about cancer. In less than 6 weeks, 'Sachin's Crusade Against Cancer in Children' has collected Rs 1.3 cr.
On Thursday, Sachin spoke on the remarkable response towards the cause and a also gave his fans an insight into his personal life after being questioned by commentator Harsha Bhogle at an event in Mumbai.
Speaking about fighting for the cause, Sachin said that he was really emotional seeing the smile on the face of the baby (who had cancer). The maestro said that his resolve to support the cause is extremely strong and also thanked people for their support.
On a lighter note, Sachin answered quite a few questions regarding his personal life when questioned by Bhogle. Speaking about his son, Sachin said that his son plays cricket now and teaches him how to play. Sachin who has always been a family man said that the first page of his autobiography will have his family as it was his father, mother and his brother who pushed him into cricket.
Bhogle caught the 'litttle master' off-guard when he asked him about the age when he first set his eyes on Anjali. The evidently shy Sachin could only mention that he was "17 years old" at the time.
On being asked how he handles the enormous pressure of expectations, he said, "I don't think of what people want me to do. I don't hear the stadium. But I'm very tense as I care about cricket. I like it as it gets out the best in me."
On being asked about his memories ofhis debut Test match, the master said that most of it is now a blur. But he did remember asking himself whether "I was meant for test cricket".
Sachin further said that the Mumbai terror attack had numbed the nation and that is why the victory in the Chennai test match against England right after the attacks brought great cheer to the people and the team itself. He rated the match and his century as one of the best.
Earlier, Dr P Jagannath of the "Crusade against Cancer Foundation" had thanked the batting maestro for using the medium to promote the cause. "Sachin just tweeted once two weeks ago and overnight lakhs came in donations. Over Rs 125 lakhs have been collected," Dr P Jagannath of the "Crusade against Cancer Foundation" said at a press conference here on Thursday.
"This is an astounding figure and is probably the highest that has been collected by a single celebrity in India for a single fund raising event," Dr Jagannath said, adding he had approached Tendulkar through his wife Anjali for the cause.
"I approached Dr Anjali Tendulkar who is a paediatrician and known to me through some friends. She convinced Sachin for this cause," he said.
"In the last one week itself over Rs 30-40 lakhs have been collected for the project which reaches those in the low income group in India. An expert panel will access the medical and financial needs and offer better treatment as well as the dosages," he said.
(With PTI inputs)