Tendulkar shows his lighter side

Mumbai: One of Sachin Tendulkar’s greatest achievements over the last 24 years has been the watertight secrecy that he has managed to keep about his private life in the face of the crazy and over-the-top adoration of his fans.

But fellow cricketers have often talked about the funny, practical joke-playing side of his nature that has never come to the fore. Until Sunday, that is.

Tendulkar, looking much more relaxed and open than ever, cracked a few jokes at the press conference that had the huge media contingent in splits.

Asked what his future plans were, Tendulkar’s witty reply was: “After playing for 24 years, it’s just about 24 hours since I have retired. Give me at least 24 days to think about my next move!”

Then, another journalist perked up with a smart question about how he would feel if he were made a ‘Sir’ (British knight), and Tendulkar replied: “Mera sir (head) is at the right place.”

Then, in the midst of an answer about how he loved interacting with and learning from younger players, Tendulkar gave an insight into his dressing room persona. “It’s not that whatever I am saying is always 100 per cent correct. I should also be prepared to listen to what they are saying in order to become a better student of the game. I would joke to the young players to say ‘good morning sir!’ when I entered the dressing room,” he revealed, to the amusement of the audience.

Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.



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