Sachin Tendulkar revealed his wife Anjali decided to sacrifice her fledgling career as a pediatrician to make sure the batting great found success in the sport.
Sachin Tendulkar married his girlfriend Anjali in 1995, just 6 years after making his international debut. The couple has two kids — Sara and Arjun.
In a freewheeling chat with India Today Consulting Editor Sports Boria Majumdar on the latest episode of India Today Inspiration, Sachin Tendulkar said his career would not have been the same had it not been for the sacrifice of his wife.
“I was doing well for India and Anjali stood first in her exam. You know she is a gold medallist doctor so… her career was also flourishing and she was gonna reach a different level but she decided to sacrifice her career so that we could have a family,” Sachin Tendulkar said.
“She knew that I had to travel and then who’s gonna look after Sara and Arjun? So she graciously decided to take that decision. I don’t think things would have been the same without her contribution and her graciousness. I don’t think I would have been sitting here, no chance,” he added.
Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar said he decided not to impose his wishes on his children’s career decisions and that’s something he had learned from his father.
Tendulkar’s son Arjun has been playing cricket at the professional level and has represented the India U-19 team in the past. Meanwhile, his daughter, Sara recently completed her graduation in London.
“As a father, I want to do exactly what my father did for me. He gave me the freedom to be what I wanted to be in life. It was never: ‘I’m a writer and you need to follow my footsteps’. So for Arjun also it was the same thing.
“I am a cricketer doesn’t mean you have to play cricket. He earlier enjoyed playing football, chess and cricket started on its own, I didn’t force him into it.
“So was the case with Sara also. Whatever she wanted to be in life, both Anjali and I supported her and said whatever you want to be in life don’t find shortcuts and that’s exactly what my father told me,” Tendulkar said.