• The persona behind the legend

    Tendulkar talks about his cars, his role as a father and the tough times in his career.

    Mumbai: Two days before the beginning of the Mumbai Test, Sachin Tendulkar is at a promotional event for the luxury watch brand, Audemars Piguet, for which he is the global brand ambassador. He – or his media manager’s publicist’s advisor – has granted Hindustan Times a 20-minute interview, 'exclusive and one-on-one'. The condition: you can’t ask him anything about cricket.

    As our car threads its way through evening traffic towards the Taj Mahal Palace and Towers in Colaba, this is the conundrum I am faced with: how do I write about someone I admire without talking about the thing I admire him for? How does one talk about lifestyle while leaving out the life?

    I have seen Tendulkar in non-cricket gear on one previous occasion. This was at a restaurant at the Taj Land’s End.

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  • 'India will be strong in five years'

    This is a bit of a transition time and it seems to be going well - Laxman.

    Mumbai: V.V.S. Laxman spoke to The Telegraph for almost an hour at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel before leaving Mumbai for Hyderabad the other day.

    The following are excerpts

    Q Three months have gone since you’ve retired from international cricket. Have you, at any time, regretted it?

    A (Smiles) No... I thought it was the right time to move on... I didn’t look at what I might have wanted, but looked at the bigger canvas, Indian cricket... We’re playing 10 Tests at home this season, which is a big number, allowing somebody with little or no experience to settle down. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, though.

    But you’ve been comfortable with it?

    Yes, indeed. We didn’t do well in England and in Australia last season and with both playing in India this time, initially, I did want to play against them. However, as I’ve said, I looked at the bigger picture. When the inner voice calls, you should listen.

    It’s amazing that you’re still able to motivate yourself to play for Hyderabad...

    That’s because

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  • 'Captaining was easier earlier'

    Calcutta: Former India captain Sunil Manohar Gavaskar, a living legend, spoke to The Telegraph (from Mumbai) on Tuesday afternoon, on the eve of getting the highest award from the Board of Control for Cricket in India, instituted in memory of the country’s first captain.

    If anybody needs a reminder, Gavaskar, now 63, was the first to 10,000 runs in Test cricket and his record of 34 hundreds at the very highest level stood for years till Sachin Tendulkar got past him.

    The following are excerpts from the one-on-one over the phone

    Will Wednesday be just another day, or a special one?

    It’s going to be special... The Col. C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award is the biggest in Indian cricket and it’s an honour to be getting it.

    But should you have got the award earlier?

    That’s not for me to judge. I’m happy to be getting it.

    Is there somebody you’ll remember more than the others when you get the trophy, the citation and the cheque for Rs 25 lakh?

    You’ve got to wait for the answer.

    [One can expect

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