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Wishes pour in as Sachin Tendulkar turns 48

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India’s cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, who is recovering at home after spending six days in hospital due to Covid-19, turned 48 on Saturday and wishes started pouring in from all over the world.

Former India pace bowler Venkatesh Prasad took to Twitter, posting pictures of some of the glorious moments he shared with the legend, and wrote, “Sach is truth, Sach is life, Sach is the answer, Sach is it. Birthday greetings to not only the greatest batsman the world has seen, but the most humble and incredible human being @sachin_rt. #HappyBirthdaySachin.”

Born on April 24, 1973, the Mumbai batsman has scored a record 100 international centuries – 49 in One-day Internationals and 51 in Tests – and is the first of only four cricketers to receive the highest national sporting award, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, in 1997/98. The other three cricketers are Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2007/08), current India skipper Virat Kohli (2018) and Rohit Sharma (2020).

Tendulkar is the first and only recipient of the Bharat Ratna — India’s highest civilian honour – which he received 2013 after his retirement from international cricket.

Tendulkar, who was hospitalised to a Mumbai hospital as a precautionary measure after he tested positive for Covid-19 late last month, had returned home on April 8 to begin his recuperation.

To all his well-wishers, he wrote on April 8: “I have just come home from the hospital and will remain isolated while continuing to rest and recuperate. I would like to thank everyone for all the good wishes and prayers. Really appreciate it. I remain ever grateful to the medical staff who took such good care of me and have been working tirelessly for over a year in such difficult circumstances.”

Another fan tweeted, “Happy Birthday God of Cricket. There are many who got famous by Cricket but there is this man who made Cricket famous. #SachinTendulkar.”

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Sachin Tested COVID-19 Positive

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Sachin Tendulkar has tested positive for COVID-19. He took to social media and revealed the news. Though the cricketer took necessary precautionary measures and tested himself regularly, unfortunately, he was caught with COVID-19.

“There are mild symptoms, all others at home are tested negative,” he said. He was home quarantined now and is following all the precautions suggested by doctors. He thanked the health care professionals and all others across India who are supporting him. Also, he asked everyone to take care of themselves!

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Sachin Tendulkar asks ICC to reassess ‘Umpires Call’ in DRS

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Former India skipper Sachin Tendulkar has questioned ‘Umpires Call’ clause in the Decision Review System saying that the International Cricket Council (ICC) needs to reassess it.

“The reason players opt for a review is because they’re unhappy with the decision taken by the on-field umpire. The DRS system needs to be thoroughly looked into by the @ICC, especially for the ‘Umpires Call’,” said the batting maestro.

The ‘Umpires Call’ clause comes into play in ball-tracking technology in case of close calls, leaving the umpire’s decision as binding.

The third day’s play in the second Test between Australia and India saw the ‘Umpires Call’ rescuing the Aussies twice in the second session following close calls.

Joe Burns survived a leg-before wicket appeal off a yorker from Jasprit Bumrah in the third over of Australia’s second innings. After the umpire had given it not out, India went for a review but the batsman survived after Umpire’s Call was taken into account at the point of ball hitting his leg.

Soon after, Australia No. 3 Marnus Labuschagne also survived against Mohammed Siraj. The umpire had given him not out after the batsman was caught in his crease. However, ‘Umpires Call’ came to his rescue again as the ball was shown barely clipping the bails.

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Fight it out: Tendulkar to India ahead of Boxing Day test

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The only way out for the Indian cricketers to overcome the crushing defeat to Australia in the first Test is to “fight it out” and do “something magnificent” in the remaining three matches that would change negative thinking, cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has said in an exclusive interview with IANS.

Failure of top-order batsmen was largely responsible for India’s eight-wicket mauling in Adelaide, but Tendulkar, 47, doesn’t feel that it was due to pressure on the players. The batting maestro, who aggregated 34,357 runs and 100 centuries in international cricket, says it were technical flaws that impacted the top-order batsmen. He, particularly, noticed one big shortcoming in most frontline batsmen — absence of a solid forward defence, a technical flaw that became more pronounced by the lack of a big stride forward.

Also, Tendulkar points out that it would have been better if India would have started the tour with the T20I series, then played the ODIs, and finally the Test series — with the last match being with the pink ball. That would have been an ideal transition from white ball to red ball to pink ball.

But India began the Test series with a pink ball day-night encounter, which Virat Kohli’s team India lost by eight wickets, and now trail 0-1. But there are three more matches to go in the series for India to stage a comeback and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. In 2018-19, India had won the previous series 2-1 — their first ever on Australian soil.

The second Test starts on December 26 in Melbourne.

Part 1 of the exclusive interview:

Q: Did you have any apprehension that the Australians would have the upper hand in the first Test as it was a day-night Test with a pink ball at which the Indians have limited experience?

A: The first Test itself was a bit of apprehension because I felt that the last Test we had played before the Adelaide Test was in February and after that no cricket was played (due to Covid-19 pandemic). Everyone was preparing for the Indian Premier League, which was a T20 format. According to me the ideal transition would have been that after the IPL you go to Australia and start with the T20 series, ODIs, and then the Test series with the red ball (regular Test match timings), and the last match being with the pink ball (adapting to pink ball Test match timings) that one is not so used to. By playing red ball Test matches first, the transition would have been a smoother to pink ball Test, according to me.

Q: And what your apprehension was, or what you feared, has come true?

A: Feared in the sense that, to be fair, in the first innings we had the upper hand and started off really well. There was no apprehension as such; just that when I looked at the itinerary, what I said earlier was a better option, I felt. We played good cricket in the first innings, but in the second, that hour was a difficult one and that’s when things changed. Also, when Tim Paine came and scored those crucial runs. Had our first-innings been closer to 90 or 100 or so, it would have changed the thinking, and also the timing was crucial. That played a big part in this Test.

Q: Were you expecting this result, particularly in the manner in which the Indian batting line-up capitulated in the second innings?

A: No, I wasn’t expecting it because I thought in the first innings we batted well and showed a lot of resilience. In the second innings, there was not much playing and missing by our batsmen. The ball wasn’t moving around too much; just a little bit. Normally, when batters score runs we don’t look at other elements, like the number of times he was beaten etc. But here we talk about a number of aspects when the batter has edged the ball. Off similar deliveries when you got beaten and when you are scoring runs and nobody talks about those.

One change that one can talk about was getting a nice, big stride forward, which I felt was missing. In foreign conditions, I feel a good stride forward against fast bowlers becomes important. A half and half defence (short stride) can always trouble you and if there’s a little more movement off the seam then your hands tend to compensate for the lack of footwork. What I also simultaneously noticed was that the Australians bowled very much on off stump — much, much tighter — and not outside the off stump whereas they bowled outside the off stump in the first innings.

Q: What were the shortcomings for the undoing of Indian batsmen — was it their inability to tackle the moving ball, or just the enormity of the situation, having made just 244 runs in the first innings?

A: We surely had an upper having made just 244 in the first innings and having gotten them out below 200 (191) in the first innings. And we lost Prithvi Shaw early and then I still remember Jasprit Bumrah played that evening — and how the team responded to that. Overall, the feeling was good in the dressing room. The next morning that only element that I felt could have been better was a little more precision in footwork, more so while playing on the front foot — getting a nice, full stride forward, which I spoke about earlier here. If you get a nice stride forward while defending then your hands stay close to your body. When your stride is not nicely stretched forward then your hands tend to go away from the body, towards the ball. I would say that getting a good stride forward can help a lot of players.

Q: And the enormity of the situation…?

A: I don’t think so because when Mayank (Agarwal) and Bumrah were batting we were almost 60 runs ahead of Australia with one wicket down. So, even if we had scored 225 runs, plus 53 runs (of innings lead), you would have looked at a 275-280 run target, which would have been a match-winning target. The match was tilted in our favour (at 60 for 1), I would say, when the third morning started. Of course, the first session was going to be critical because invariably teams plan overnight and come up with fresh plans sometimes. And in the first session, they fire on all cylinders and make things happen. So, if you are able to defuse that fire in the first session, then the aggression is not as much. Yes, they will keep coming at you, but you are able to keep things under control. That’s why the first session was going to be critical.

Q: After the defeat, Virat Kohli admitted that the capitulation was due to a “lack of intent”. Was it also due to Indian batsmen’s lack of correct technique or inability to soak in the pressure?

A: They have dealt with pressure situations. Barring Prithvi, and possibly Mayank, all the players have played enough. Virat, Ajinkya (Rahane), Cheteshwar (Pujara) and (Wriddhiman) Saha have been around while Hanuma Vihari, compared to these guys, has played less. So, players have the ability to soak that pressure and they did their best. But sometimes you also need luck to be on your side. And as I said there were not a number of occasions when the batters were getting beaten and continuing to bat without losing wickets. That did not happen. The edges were going straight to fielders and they were carrying. In the first innings, there were a number of edges but the ball didn’t carry to fielders. I remember, at least three times the ball didn’t carry. In the second innings, the wicket had become harder, and there was more pace and bounce in the surface. There wasn’t exaggerated off-the-seam movement. So, when you ask about a lack of correct technique, I’d say if you take a big stride forward you obviously cut down the distance (between bat and ball) and don’t allow the ball to do much – and it helps you keep your hands close to your body and that is the best way to defend on front foot.

Q: There is no all-rounder except Ravindra Jadeja, who was also missing in Adelaide. Do you feel India desperately missed an all-rounder?

A: Also, Ravichandran Ashwin can really bat well. He is capable of getting a good partnership, handy and important runs. When we talk about Ashwin and Jadeja, it boils down to whose bowling on a particular pitch would be more useful and then you pick that bowler. Their batting is an added bonus; both can bat. I’m sure the team management must be looking at their bowling ability and picking and not worrying too much about how many runs they would contribute at No.8. Yes, those runs would be important, but they are primarily picked because of their bowling.

Q: India’s fielding also left a lot to be desired, as players dropped several catches in the second innings, including the crucial one of Tim Paine in the first innings.

A: While growing, I remember, (Ramakant) Achrekar sir had told all of us: catches win matches. It has stayed with all of us. So don’t drop catches. Fielding has to be upped without any doubt.

Q: Our bowlers performed well in Adelaide. Your impressions on their performance.

A: I thought their performance was very good, without any doubt. In the first innings, it was extremely disciplined and focused; and they kept the pressure on. The Australians also, on the other hand, were over defensive in their first innings. But there are occasions when batters should do something different to put the pressure back on the (opposition) bowlers. So, when there’s an opportunity to score runs one should score runs; you can’t let the bowler get away with an average delivery. Otherwise, you become a punching bag. A good delivery needs to be respected.

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Google CEO Pichai snapped with Tendulkar at Edgbaston

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Among those in attendance at Edgbaston on Sunday for the big World Cup match between India and England was Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

The BCCI posted an image of Pichai posing with batting great Sachin Tendulkar on its social media pages.

An avid cricket fan, Pichai had earlier said at an event organised by US-India Business Council that he is backing India and England to reach the final of the World Cup. He has also admitted of dreaming of being a cricketer during his growing up years and idolised Sunil Gavaskar and later Tendulkar.

England won the toss and chose to bat first in Edgbaston. Jason Roy was reunited with Jonny Bairstow at the top of the order after a brief period in the sidelines due to injury and they took England off to a flier of a start. The openers put up 160 runs in 22 overs before Roy fell to Kuldeep Yadav thanks to a sharp catch from Ravindra Jadeja.

That wicket slowed England down but they picked up the pace towards the end with Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler going big guns. They ended up posting a target of 338 for India to chase.

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Will Chiru take a cue from Sachin?

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In a rather surprising development, Cricket stalwart of India and member of parliament Sachin Tendulkar has donated his entire salary and the perks he received as a Rajya Sabha MP to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. Details as below.

Sachin Tendulkar’s 6 year term in the Rajya Saba will come to an end on April 26. He was nominated during UPA regime and e is not getting extension. So far, he has earned more than Rs 90 lakh in salary and allowances in the past six years, like any other RS MP. Rajya Sabha MP earns a salary of Rs 50,000 and Rs 90,000 as allowances per month. In addition MP gets funds in the form of MPLADS which he can use for developmental activities.

Sachin has been facing criticism for his dismal attendance in RS. People and media houses also questioned his silence in the house as he never raised any questions in the house. Probably, in the wake of all this, Sachin’s office data showing that he sanctioned 185 projects across the country with Rs 7.4 crore, out of his allocated Rs 30 crore funds. These projects are deployed towards educational and infrastructure development.

Now, some other MPs who got similar criticism are bollywood actress Rekha and Chiranjeevi. Being super rich like Sachin, probably Chiranjeevi also may take a cue from Sachin. He is a very big star and 90 lakhs, i.e. the amount RS MP gets in a 6 year term, must be very small for him as his previous film, produced by his son, collected more than 100 crores. So 90 lakhs is probably 1% of what his films are collecting. So, if he follows Sachin, probably criticism on his dismal attendance and performance may subside as it will display a good gesture and set a trend for many other rich MPs to follow. But will Chiru take that decision, is a big question.

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Ground report: Current state of Sachin’s adopted village Puttamraju Kandrika

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How is Sachin adopted Puttamraju Kandrika village now

The Puttamraju Kandrika village in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh was adopted by Sachin Tendulkar in 2014 and he undertook various development works completed at a cost of Rs 2.79 crore under his MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) funds. He also distributed cricket kits among the village youth and interacted with a few families about the development of the village. But how is the village now, after these many years. One picture speaks 1000 words..Let’s have a look…

Though the intention is good, the implementation is not up to the expectations. Media, as called 4th estate in democracy, also has a special role to play in democracy. Most of the media highlights when Sachin visits or Chamundeswarinath organizes an event to give gifts. But the same media could allot a few minutes of screen space to do a special focus on such villages so that corrective actions are taken by the concerned. But unfortunately media gives lot of hype and coverage only when the sport star visits and doesn’t bother at other times.

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Sachin Tendulkar adopted village in Nellore given gold rating by IGBC

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Legendary India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s adopted village Puttamraju Vari Kandriga in Andhra Pradesh has been picked as the first ‘Green Village’ in Andhra Pradesh. The village in Gudur Mandal, SPSR Nellore district was given Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) gold rating with 61 credits for around 16 different aspects.

IGBC a wing of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) selected eight villages across the country for ratings.

Nellore joint collector A Md Imtiaz, said that the IGBC has awarded 19/27 points in health and hygiene, 24/30 in village infrastructure, 4/9 in water conservation and 7/16, in energy availability and efficiency and the village is ODF.

The IGBC team secured the ground report anonymously and based on which ratings are given. 40-49 credits will be given outstanding, 50-59 is silver rating, 60-79 is gold rating, 80-100 is platinum rating.

District Collector MuthyalaRaju will receive the award on behalf of the village at the National Green Summit in Rajasthan in October.

In 2015, development activities worth 5.69crores were undertaken while in 2016, Rs 3.05 crore were spent. Sachin Tendulkar spent 2.15crore in 2015, 0.90crore in 2016-17 funds for P V Kandriga village. The joint collector thanked Sachin for his contribution in developing the village.

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My second innings is about doing what gives satisfaction: Sachin Tendulkar (Interview)

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It has been four years since Sachin Tendulkar retired from competitive cricket, but the game is so ingrained in his head that he only talks of his life and work in terms of innings. In his “second innings”, the master blaster says, he is focussed on doing whatever gives him satisfaction.

Whether it is about associating himself with events and activities involved in charities or supporting causes close to his heart — Sachin is looking to “give back”.

“The first innings of my life was in the middle of the field, constantly chasing targets set by the opposition. But my second innings is about satisfaction,” Sachin told IANS here as he opened up his emotional side.

“As long as there is a purpose behind doing something in life, that gives you satisfaction. And that you only get when the heart tells you that, ‘Okay, you’ve done something well,'” he said.

“That is another journey, another chapter that has started in my life. We all try our level best to do various things (for others) and these are things that give me satisfaction. And I’ll continue to do them because this is a longer journey,” added the 44-year-old as he delved into post-retirement life.

He feels he’s in a good space now. Sitting back and reflecting upon how life has played out for him, and how he has played it his way. Now he is going to share the journey with his fans worldwide with “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” — a documentary drama with real-time footage from his personal and professional highs and lows.

A billion hopes, perhaps, will be pinned on him — once again — when the movie releases on May 26. Sachin says he can feel the same edge-of-the-seat thrill and anticipation as he felt before he walked into a stadium full of people rooting “Sachin, Sachin” in unison.

“It’s good for people to have expectations… I felt that way even on the field. Can you imagine I am walking into the stadium and nobody from the stands is expecting anything from me? That would be a wrong place to walk out (from),” he said.

“Pre-match, I would tick all the boxes, and if I had done all those things, I could stand in front of the mirror and say, ‘Yes, I have prepared myself well.’ As for preparation for the film, you can say I’ve given 100 per cent. In cricketing terms, we have played the first innings and now you guys need to play it by watching it,” he said with a reassuring smile.

Emotions play a huge part in his life — evident when the star cricketer takes a long pause to reflect on the most emotional phases of his life.

“There were two moments, I would say. Since we’re discussing highs and lows… The lowest was when I had lost my father. That was an irreparable loss, and I knew whatever happens in my life post 1999, he won’t be there to share it. That was a huge loss,” he said.

“The highest point has to be the 2011 World Cup which we won,” said the young achiever, who has been feted with national honours like Bharat Ratna, Padma Shri, Padma Vibhushan, Arjuna Award and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.

As a child, he remembers being notorious, but recounted how his parents’ patient way of dealing with him, has been responsible for strengthening his “foundation”.

“They were very patient with my ‘masti’. My father and mother would never get angry despite my mischief, and that doesn’t mean they didn’t tell me anything. They told me, but they had a nice way to convey anything and everything in life. And they continue to do so… My mother lives with me, Sachin said.

“I grew up watching my father and I was like a sponge absorbing information. He didn’t always have to tell me everything. But I was watching him all the time as I wanted to become like him. And that continues…” he added.

Sachin says it is such pre-cricket and post-cricket facets of his life that he felt should be shared with his fans. In that sense, he hopes the audience has something significant to take back after they watch the film.

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Sachin’s Romantic Side to be revealed with Sachin – A Billion Dreams

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Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has been out of the field however he has been serving Indian cricket from the other side. The actor’s biopic titled Sachin – A Billion Dreams has been wrapped up and it is directed by James Erskine. The recently released trailer is a smashing hit all over and it hinted about the important moments that took place in the life of the legendary cricketer. Carrying massive expectations, Sachin – A Billion Dreams is all set for May 26th release.

Speaking to a leading daily, Sachin revealed that Sachin – A Billion Dreams will showcase about his romantic side. He also said that the audience will get to watch his romance with Anjali in the film.

Sachin even revealed that all the emotional aspects of his life have been captured well in the film and his family has been extremely impressed after watching Sachin – A Billion Dreams.

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‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ is not just about cricket: Sachin

Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday said the upcoming movie “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” is not just about cricket.

“This movie is not just about my cricket career. It has many different chapters and we have tried to show those chapters as well. James has shown many sides of my personality in the movie, which many people are not aware of,” said the iconic cricketer.

The cricketer, who was present at the trailer launch of the film at PVR Juhu, said that for him winning the cricket world cup in 2011 was the most memorable moment of his 24-year-long career.

“I was 10 when India won the world cup in 1983. Since then I only had one dream and that was to win the world cup. On April 2, 2011 that dream came true. So without any doubt it is my most memorable moment.”

James Erskine, director of the film, said: “I wanted to make Sachin’s story since a long time and I didn’t know how to collaborate but then Ravi (producer) came to me and talked about this project, it was like telling India’s story through one man.”

When asked about his views on Sachin’s legacy, James said: “I have seen, how Sachin is looked upon, in England so I can imagine how he is in India.”

Sachin shared the most interesting part of his world cup memory. He said: “I remember my daughter saying ‘the whole Mumbai and the country is celebrating the victory. It took hours for us to reach Taj hotel from Wankhede stadium’.”

“Sachin: A Billion Dreams” will see the cricketer in the lead role. The film is directed by James Erskine and produced by Ravi Bhagchandka with a touch of Oscar winning music composer A.R. Rahman.

The movie will hit the theatres on May 26, 2017.

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Srimanthudu special screening for Sachin Tendulkar

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The underlying message of giving back to the society in Prince Mahesh Babu’s recent family drama Srimanthudu has grabbed the eyeballs of many noted personalities from different avenues across the country. Already, some politicians and a few more celebrities are mulling over the adoption of backward villages in both the Telugu states.

It is reported that cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, who has already been an exemplary for all the fellow politicians and celebs after he had adopted Puttamuraju Gramam in Nellore, has decided to watch Srimanthudu which has its story made on similar lines. Mythri Movie Makers, who produced Srimanthudu, are now making arrangements to screen a special show for Sachin in Mumbai.

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