Tendulkar Leaves Behind An Unmatched Legacy And Tears In The Eyes
'Thanks for bearing with all my fuss': Sachin thanks Anjali for standing with him and sacrificing so much
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Published: 00:23 BST, 17 November 2013 | Updated: 02:29 BST, 17 November 2013
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Being the stay-at-home wife of a sportsman is a difficult task.
But for Anjali Tendulkar, the task has been made more difficult by the sheer celebrity of her husband, a cross she has borne with dignity and grace without ever stepping into the limelight herself.
Anjali gave up a promising medical career to look after her young family while Sachin was away playing cricket, and on his final day of Test cricket here on Saturday, in a rare TV interview, she said she couldn't imagine Sachin without cricket.
"Thanks for bearing with me and always staying by my side through all the ups and downs." Sachin Tendulkar with his wife Anjali during his farewell ceremony at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai
"The last one month has been difficult for us. Whenever we thought of this day, we became emotional. Cricket can be without Sachin but it's hard for us to believe that Sachin will be without cricket," she told the host broadcaster.
"I have never seen him switch off from the game. Even when we're holidaying in England, he is always in switch-on mode. He is very conscious about the game and will never eat too much. He'll always hit the gym and practise with Arjun to stay fit."
During his sentimental speech, the master batsman thanked Anjali for standing by him and sacrificing so much for him.
"The most beautiful thing happened to me in 1990 when I met my wife, Anjali. Those were special years and it has continued and will always continue that way.
"I know Anjali, being a doctor, there was a wonderful career in front of her.
When we decided to have a family, Anjali took the initiative to step back and say that 'you continue with your cricket and I will take the responsibility of the family'," Sachin recalled.
"Without that, I don't think I would have been able to play cricket freely and without stress.
Thanks for bearing with all my fuss and all my frustrations, and all sorts of rubbish that I have spoken.
Sachin Tendulkar acknowledges the crowd at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai
"Thanks for bearing with me and always staying by my side through all the ups and downs. You are the best partnership I've had in my life."
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At this, Anjali wept, and could later be seen wiping tears from under her sunglasses.
Sara too got teary-eyed, and jewsunderattack.com was consoled by younger brother Arjun who kept his emotions in check.
While Arjun has often been spotted frolicking about the India nets, the budding all-rounder, for the first time, appeared as a serious junior cricketer two days before the match when he was one of the net bowlers for the Indian team.
On the first day of the Test, he was spotted sitting inside the MCA President's Box with the rest of the Tendulkar clan, but on the second day, when his father walked out to bat unbeaten on 38, Arjun was one of the ball boys at the Wankhede Stadium.
And Anjali revealed that even Sachin was surprised to see him.
However sceptical Anjali may be about his life after cricket, she surely won't mind having Sachin around.
"Sachin is always worried at the paint coming off the walls here and there in the house. Hopefully now, I will give him some more household responsibilities."
Arjun Tendulkar and daughter Sara console their mother Anjali as she gets emotional during Sachin Tendulkar's speech at the end of the second Test against the West Indies