The People who made Sachin Tendulkar, the cricketer par excellence!

The movie based on star cricketer Sachin Tendulkar,  Sachin – A Billion Dreams (released 2017) is an inspirational film that traces the life,  struggle, triumphs and challenges of the cricketer who has attained the status of demi-god in the world of cricket.

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As we saw in the movie, Sachin Tendulkar credited his father, mother and brother Ajit, among others for shaping his life and giving it a purpose.  Here are the people instrumental who made Sachin Tendulkar, a legend that he is today.

 Ramesh Tendulkar, Sachin Tendulkar’s father  

  He was a well-known Marathi poet and novelist.  Ramesh Tendulkar was also a professor at Kirti College, Dadar in the 60s. Sachin Tendulkar was his child from second marriage. From his first marriage, he had three children – two half-brothers, Ajit, Nitin and a half-sister Savita.   Incidentally, Sachin was named so, because Ramesh Tendukar was a huge fan of SD Burman (Sachin Dev Burman).

Sachin Tendulkar has the highest regard for his father, he said that his father’s words ‘More than being a famous cricketer, it is important to be a nice person’ always reverberates in his mind.   The fact that Ramesh Tendulkar was a simple man in every sense and respectfully treated one and all, went on to shape the young cricketer’s personality as well.   At age of 11, Sachin Tendulkar was advised by his father to chase dreams, not to take short cuts, but remain persistent and never give up. Sachin says that he simply acted on his father’s advice.

Ramesh Tendulkar passed away due to a heart attack, at age 69 on May 19, 1999. Sachin Tendulkar, who was broken from within, mustered all his courage and scored a century against Kenya in the World Cup’99 immediately after returning to the team, post his father’s demise. He dedicated that century and every other triumph after that to his father.

 

Rajni Tendulkar – Sachin Tendulkar’s mother

Rajni Tendulkar worked in the insurance industry, when she got married to Ramesh.  She worked in the ‘Foreign Department’ branch in Santacruz, Mumbai. She  served the  company all the way till retirement. Even though she had trouble walking in the mid 90s, she would still not miss work.

 Sachin Tendulkar would ask his mother to leave the job, but doctors convinced him that  it would be better if his mother worked, because it would exercise her legs.  She even continued cooking for the family, even though Sachin asked her to hire a cook.  Rajni Tendulkar has been a strong force of resilience for her son, always praying and wishing for his success. Her only concern was that her son was safe, healthy and happy in doing whatever he wanted to do.

 

Sachin Tendulkar’s brother – Nitin Tendulkar (brother )

He has taken after his father Ramesh, and is a poet and a teacher.  He has written book of poems like Pavsaala (monsoon),  Zhaad (tree) and Dev, apart from launching musical version of compositions written by his father, titled ‘Bhaav Mukhe’.

Savita Tendulkar (Sachin Tendulkar’s sister)

Sachin Tendulkar’s half sister Savita, had an indirect but powerful influence in  the cricketer’s life. The first bat of his life, was gifted to him by Savita. She had brought many gifts to various members of the family, when she visited her father’s house after long time. Little did she know that the bat made of Kashmir Willow was a gift that would pave the way to make her brother, the world’s best batsman.

Ajit Tendulkar – Sachin Tendulkar’s brother

Sachin Tendulkar is very close to his half brother Ajit, and credits him with making him a cricketer. In the movie ‘Sachin – A Billion Dreams’ he says that  that though he would go alone and face that destructive bowler,  it was Ajit who was playing the game with him, in spirit.

Sachin, in his retirement speech as well as in the movie, stated that that two of them had lived the dream together.  Ajit sacrificed his career for him, he was the one who spotted the spark in the budding 11 year old.

Ajit,  who was a cricketer too, took Sachin  to meet coach Ramakanth Achrekar, and requested him that his brother be trained under him.   Ajit even convinced his mother that Sachin had the makings of a cricket genius and if trained well, he could develop the innate skills he had. When Sachin first started playing cricket under the watchful eye of the coach,  he kept making mistakes and got himself out, often   This was when Ajit suggested to the coach that he should move away from the nets, and watch from the side. The coach did just that, and left to himself, Sachin began to exhibit his batting skills, which Achrekar latter developed to the fullest.

Ajit and Sachin have always discussed and analyzed the latter’s cricket.  Ajit would not venture into the grounds or watch any match live, but would later watch the replay with his brother, and discuss how a particular shot could have been improved upon.  The two have had their share of agreements and disagreements regarding the game but Sachin has categorically stated he would never have been a cricketer, if it were not for his brother.  Incidentally, Ajit Tendulkar underwent a bypass surgery in 2014;  he is elder to Sachin by 9 years.

 

Sachin Tendulkar’s coach Ramakant Achrekar 

Coach Achrekar would teach cricket to students at Shivaji Park grounds, Dadar.  Sachin would initially study at New English School, at Bandra East. But watching the 11-year old Sachin play his game well, the coach suggested that the boy could shift to Sharadashram Vidyamandir (English)  High School, where he coached.  The school was also known to produce notable cricketers.

Sachin Tendulkar trained hard under Achrekar’s guidance, he would play in the mornings and even in the evenings, after coming from school.  Hours of playing would make the young Sachin weary, but coach Ramakant Achrekar would put one rupee coin on the stump. This one rupee coin was capable of buying Tendulkar the delicious ‘vada pav’ from a stall, that he craved for. The deal was that if any bowler dismissed Sachin, the former would get the coin.  Sachin intent on not losing out on the coin, would ensure at most times, he remained not out.

 

Tendulkar now has 13 such coins, which he counts among his prized possessions.  The coach would never praise the cricketer, even if he played impressively . Sachin in his retirement speech (in 2013), thanked Ramakant Achrekar profusely and said that now he could afford to say ‘well played’.

 

Sachin Tendulkar – Family (Photos)

 

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