Sachin Tendulkar “The match starts much, much earlier than the actual match

Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has thrown in the towels. The man, hailed by millions of fans around the world as the God of Cricket, is retiring from test cricket after his 200th test match (likely to be held in November). Tendulkar has had many ups and downs in his career but the man just stayed focused, without giving in to a positive/negative media coverage.

Humility, perfection, agility and perseverance are traits that define the batsman. There are things we can learn from him. Here are some, in his own words (a few inspirational quotes from Sachin Tendulkar).

At least with me, the match starts much, much earlier than the actual match.

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I never played with a runner in my entire life, even in schools, because only I know where the ball is going and how hard, when  I hit the ball, something my runner will never know about.

I have never thought where I will go, or forced any targets on myself. I’m really focusing now on how I can get to the next level as a batsman. How can I get even more competitive? How can I get even more consistent? How can I get better?

I grew up looking at my father as to how to behave. In watching him I grasped so many things. His own temperament was of a calm person. He was very composed and I never saw anger in him. To me, that was fascinating.

I feel it’s the conscious mind that messes things up. The conscious mind is constantly telling you, this might happen or that might happen, even before it has happened. Your conscious mind tells you the next ball might be a out-swinger, but when it’s coming at you you realize it’s an in-swinger… so literally, you’ve played two balls.

I am not thinking too far ahead, just want to take it one thing at a time. When there is time to think about cricket, I think but when there is time to be with family, I try to do justice to that aspect of my life as well.

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Critics haven’t taught me my cricket, and they don’t know what my body and mind are up to.

It doesn’t always happen according to the way you have planned things out but I feel if you have covered most of the aspects, it does help out there in the middle.

I just keep it simple. Watch the ball and play it on merit.

I want to give my six hours of serious cricket on the ground and then take whatever the result.

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.

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I get 0.5 seconds to react to a ball, sometimes even less than that. I can’t be thinking of what XYZ has said about me. I need to surrender myself to my natural instincts. My subconscious mind knows exactly what to do. It is trained to react. At home, my family doesn’t discuss media coverage.