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Father wanted me to become a cricketer, says Salman Khan

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Salman Khan during a media event

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan revealed that his father wanted him to be a cricketer and former Indian cricketer Salim Durani was also hired as his coach. In Salman’s latest movie ‘Sultan’ he portrayed the life of a wrestler from Haryana whose successful career creates a rift in his personal life. Though Salman always had the passion for becoming an actor someday, he admitted that he used to play cricket fairly as a left-handed batsman but he deliberately played poorly the day his father came. Earlier this year, Salman was seen with nephew Nirvan in a Celebrity Cricket League match.

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As per the reports from The Times of India, the Bollywood actor said, "My dad wanted me to play cricket. That could have happened easily but I just didn't see myself going for cricket practice at 5:30 in the morning. This life is as it is difficult for me; cricket would have been very difficult,"

Salman said that it had been difficult for him to reach school on time, and so it was an impossible task for him to wake up early for Cricket practice. He said, "Reaching school used to be a big problem itself. At 9 I used to attend my first lecture. So I used to wake up at about 8:30 AM and barely manage to reach school on time. Now before school, it was this... I actually wanted to be a director."

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"Salim Durani was hired to be my coach. First day, he saw me play, I played very well. Second day, I did really well so he called my father the third day and said your son has got a very bright future. That is the day I realised, my father came to see me play.. so I should play really badly," said the superstar at the launch of tennis star Sania Mirza’s autobiography “Ace Against Odds.”

Salman Khan apart from being an actor is also a stage performer and an active humanitarian through his organisation “Being Human”. His father Salim Khan is a veteran Indian actor and scriptwriter.  

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