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Arjun punched friend for blaming India's early exit in 2007 World Cup on me: Sachin Tendulkar

Modified 10 Nov 2014, 14:07 IST
Sachin Tendulkar with son, Arjun, after India’s victory in the 2011 World Cup

Sachin Tendulkar has revealed that his son, Arjun, could not control himself when a friend blamed Sachin for India’s flop show in the 2007 World Cup and vented out his anger by punching him in the face.  

When asked whether the pressures of having a celebrity husband/father affected his wife, Anjali, and children, Arjun and Sara, he said: "Arjun is 15 years old now and has faced this for a long time. So has Sara.” 

“In 2007, we had told Arjun, who was seven years old then, that if someone makes bad comments at school about our first-round exit from the World Cup, he should ignore it.

"But when a friend told him that India lost because his dad got out for zero, our advice went to his head. He punched his friend and told him never to say anything about his dad. At that time, reporters also asked him questions," Sachin told The Times of India in an interview.

The champion cricketer, who has been extremely busy with the release of his autobiography “Playing It My Way”, added: "It's unfair on Arjun, and he should be treated like any other 15-year-old now that he is playing his own cricket.

“People should judge him as an individual and not compare," a concerned father said. While all might look rosy in Tendulkar’s seemingly glamorous life, there are also undue pressures that not only him but his entire family have to go through. 

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Published 08 Nov 2014, 14:40 IST
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