On a day when his close friend and former Team India teammate Vinod Kambli suffered a heart attack and was admitted to a Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital, Sachin Tendulkar spoke about the value of discipline and how motivation was an insurance for success. Speaking at a function in Mumbai on Friday, Tendulkar said there were no shortcuts to success and one had to take the highs and lows in life to pursue excellence. Tendulkar said his son Arjun, too, had to sweat it out to achieve success in a game he loved.
"My son is passionate about cricket. But one has to understand that there will always be hiccups in life," Tendulkar said. Arjun, 14, has played for Mumbai under-14 and is a left-handed batsman. He also bowls left-arm pace for his school and even took eight wickets in an innings. Arjun was a ball boy on his father's farewell Test match at Wankhede Stadium earlier this month.
Tendulkar, who joined UNICEF as a brand ambassador on Thursday, said staying away from the distractions of life was important. Tendulkar, who quit cricket on November 16 after playing a record 200 Test matches, said: "Always gave my best no matter what the playing conditions were . For me motivation came from within."
The 40-year-old, who scored a century of international centuries, said: "Always wanted to chase my ultimate dream to play for India." As UNICEF ambassador, Tendulkar now wants to promote sanitation in south Asia.