‘I have a special place for Goa in my heart’

By on May 17, 2016
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‘I have a special place for Goa in my heart’

Recently named goodwill ambassador by the Indian Olympic Association, Bharat Ratna Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar has added yet another responsibility to his commitments after his retirement two and a half years ago. Rooted to Goa through his Aaradhya Daivats, Lord Manguesh in Mangueshi and Goddess Shantadurga in Kavlem, the cricket legend shares a close bond with the state spiritually and personally. On our 6th anniversary, VIVA GOA hits a 6 with the master blaster, touching on the life cricket gave him and what it’s like after retirement

There’s nothing ordinary about Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, yet his demeanour makes it seem like everything is. He is the world’s ‘cricketer-like-no-other’, but he is also a father; he owns a fleet of cars that’s the envy of all. Tendulkar, whose religious roots trace to Goa through his Aaradhya Daivats, Lord Manguesh in Mangueshi and Goddess Shantadurga in Kavlem, has been a legend hard to touch but a man humble enough to reach.

For 24 years, he set the 22 yards aglow with his passion for the game. Through the dedication and nurturing of his parents Prof Ramesh and Rajni Tendulkar, older brother Ajit as well as coach Ramakant Achrekar, he went from a mischievous preteen to a sporting icon known well beyond the boundaries of the cricket world.
The only batsman to score more than 34,000 runs in international cricket, he has eclipsed many records and shaken the nerves of nearly every bowler on the opposite end of the pitch. In a country obsessed with cricket, he is often looked upon as a super-human figure uniting a diverse nation, yet in all humility points out that he “makes mistakes, God doesn’t”. On the day he gave up playing cricket professionally, he was awarded India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna.

Retired two and a half years ago, his life has been busier than ever. Its 43-year-old tapestry however, tells of a fairytale romance, a craze for fast cars, an understated spiritualism and a philanthropic streak. Despite hanging up his boots, he is still strongly tied in with his fans, the people of India and sports.

Read the full article in 'Viva Goa' magazine copy.
Viva Goa magazine is now on stands. Available at all major book stalls and supermarkets in Goa.

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