Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar is unarguably one of the greatest ever players to have graced the game of cricket.

Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar is unarguably one of the greatest ever players to have graced the game of cricket. Making his debut as a prodigious 16-year-old talent, Tendulkar went on to break most of the batting records in the book during his illustrious 24-year-old international career. He played a whopping 200 Tests and 463 ODIs, amassing 15921 and 18426 runs respectively while averaging 53.78 and 44.83. Tendulkar holds the record for most runs in both formats and has also scored most centuries in the two versions of the game. In fact, he is the only batter with 100 international hundreds. In this feature, we try to get into the mind of the legend by reviewing some of his famous quotes.

1. Being the biggest star in the team, there were lofty expectations from Tendulkar. This meant, he had to cop plenty of criticism during his career. Reacting to critics, the Master Blaster gave his most famous quote and said:

People throw stones at you and you convert them into milestones.

2. Not everyone can be a Sachin Tendulkar. Many aspirants give up hope during tough times. For them, Tendulkar’s heartfelt message is:

Don’t stop chasing your dreams, because dreams do come true.”

3. According to Tendulkar, succeeding in cricket needs more than just talent. It requires a big heart as well. Pertaining to this, the Mumbai maestro once said:

Before you lay a foundation on the cricket field, there should be a solid foundation in your heart and you start building on that. After that, as you start playing more and more matches, you learn how to score runs and how to take wickets.”

4. There was a time when Sachin Tendulkar was a one-man show in Indian cricket with most of the others being mere passengers. But Tendulkar has always maintained that cricket is a team game. Speaking in reference to the same, he once stated:

If one man is representing India in cricket, then yes, blame that person when things go wrong.”

5. To date, Tendulkar keeps getting compared with former and present greats. Not a fan of it, the former India captain once said:

I have never believed in comparisons, whether they are about different eras, players or coaches.”

6. Despite his grand achievements, Tendulkar is known as one of the most humble and down-to-earth cricketers ever. Speaking about his nature, he has been quoted as saying:

“If you remain humble, people will give you love and respect even after you have finished with the game.”

7. Being expected to perform every time he went out to the middle, pressure was a constant companion during Tendulkar’s cricketing career. If you need tips from the man himself on how to deal with pressure, here you go:

The key to handling pressure situations like these is to keep yourself steady, follow your instincts and think clearly.”

8. Tendulkar believes that grabbing the slightest chance is what separates the ordinary from the extraordinary. He once explained:

“A champion team needs only a small window of opportunity to stage a fightback, something I had learnt over the years.”

9. Success and failure are two sides of a coin for a sportsperson. Tendulkar faced more ups and downs in his career. On the relationship between success and failure, he once said:

“I fail sometimes, I succeed sometimes, so that’s fair enough. It’s a package deal. It comes with that package: failures and success.”

10. And finally, here are Tendulkar’s views on representing India in cricket:

“I was part of a band of eleven fortunate men who had been given the duty of representing close to a billion Indians. It was an honour every aspiring cricketer lives for, to play for his country against the best of world cricket. And with the honour came responsibility. I was going to be accountable to the cricket fans back home and was expected to give my best for them.”

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