Most even remotely familiar with cricket know Sachin Tendulkar as a legendary player whose passion for the sport has hardly known any limitation. Not many though would not know that a young Sachin also bunked cricket practice as a boy.
Speaking to children at NDTV's Coca Cola Support My School campaign in Mumbai on Sunday, the legendary cricketer revealed this 'detail' about his childhood. Asked about the significance of teachers in his life, Sachin made a special mention of his cricket coach. "Teachers are very important in a person's life. I remember my cricket coach in particular. Ramakant sir (Ramakant Acharya) was always an inspiration. In fact, me and a few friends bunked practice a few times but he always used to ride his scooter to find and get us back," he said.
Explaining his views on how to balance between fun and serious studies, Sachin said there were times he felt like skipping practice and hanging out with his friends but either his coach or brother always found him. "What is important is that when you play, you play but study with full concentration when it is time for that. I did feel like skipping practice 10-15 times but always had a guiding hand to help me."
After an international career spanning decades, Sachin's main advice to youngsters in the country is not about playing or practicing or studying. It is about following what the heart says. "You can be a cricketer or an actor or whoever you want to be. You can be only if you follow your heart," he said.
Like any youngster then, this man was no different in his aspirations. Like possibly no other cricketer, this man followed his heart and made his and scores of dreams come true.