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new perspective of life.
“...last but not the least my wife. I met my wife in 1990 and she's known me now for 21years and it's a long time. She's been through all the ups and downs in my career, all the difficult phases where I had lot of injuries and there was a time where my body was just not holding up.
“It was a difficult phase for me and she was right there with me, sort of giving me a different side of life where teaching me to think differently when I was injured, down and low. She actually taught me to thank for what the God has given me and for what the God has not given me; you know not to complain...So you know just to look at life differently has been a huge difference to my career. So I want to thank her as well. So these women have played a significant role in my life,” he said.
Tendulkar said but for his family's sacrifices he would never have scaled the heights that he did in his career.
“...honestly speaking my contribution and whatever I have achieved makes everything look small because what my family members have done for me, the sacrifices have been immense, massive; without this huge force with me I am nothing. Honestly without my brothers, my sister, my parents, my uncle and my aunt, not to forget who played a significant role in my life.
“It was because of my brother Ajit that I started playing cricket and then the constant encouragement from my parents and my brother Nitin. I think at the age of 10-11 when my actual talent was spotted and my brother Ajit took me to my coach Ramakant Achrekar,” he said.
Talking about his father, Tendulkar recalled how the late Ramesh Tendulkar gave him the freedom to pursue his cricketing dreams.
“...he realised that this (cricket) is my passion and this is what I want to be and I had scored some big runs so all he demanded was 35 per cent from me; he said 'I know what you want to be in life; you don't find short cuts there but here you can get me 35 per cent'
“'if you bring 36 per cent, I will kick you out of the house because I am really not expecting 36 per cent, I just want you to pass but whatever you want to be