The Little Master, Sachin Tendulkar said on Thursday that his childhood coach made him realize the importance of fitness at the very beginning of his career.
Sachin gave credit to his coach that he made things enjoyable for him, “All I am trying to tell you here is my coach (Ramakant Achrekar) was instrumental in making me realise that fitness is going to be a key factor. But he made things enjoyable for me. I never once felt that why am I doing this,”
The legendary Indian batsman shared his story of determination and hard work, “At the end of the day, my coach had to literally interrupt a net session and say, ‘That’s it, it’s too dark, you’ll get hurt’. And that’s how he would stop our session. I didn’t feel like running though after that. That is how I felt I became strong and it’s not just about being physically fit.”
The highest run getter in the history of test matches and ODI history told that whoever wants to achieve dreams need to go some extra miles. Sachin claimed that one needs to work out of their skin and stretch their limits to achieve their goals. He also emphasized on the mental strength and how it helps you grow.
“Once you learn to push the boundaries, then it also makes you mentally strong. Because there have been times where I felt tired while playing international games. But it was the mental strength and training at a young age which sort of I could use and put that into practice,” stated Sachin Tendulkar.
The 42 year old former Indian batsman told from his experience that fitness is not about how you look, but, it deals with what your body is able to do. He also hailed Indian team’s current fitness level.
He said, “Fitness is from within. It’s not about how you look. What the body is actually able to do. Without any doubt, with more awareness, more knowledge, I think the team is really, really fit.”
Sachin shared an incredible story of his playing days in school, “So without realising I felt the foundation was becoming more and more solid for me and then after that there were number of marathon innings I played, at school level as well. When both Vinod (Kambli) and I created the world record, I scored 326 not out, bowled little bit and hopped across to play another match because there were two matches going on simultaneously in our school itself. So I went there and scored 178 not out again in that match, followed that with another triple hundred.”