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Sachin Tendulkar's advice to Pranav Dhanawade after his 1009 run blitzkrieg

41.31K   //    05 Jan 2016, 14:52 IST
Sachin knows what it takes for a young kid to work his way up

Mumbai’s newest wonder kid Pranav Dhanawade found himself in elite company with his unbeaten knock of 1009 runs. With his stellar performance he shattered records and drew praise from the who’s who of cricket. Perhaps no praise can be higher than one from the God himself:

Sachin had 664-run partnership of his own back in the day. Vinod Kambli (349) and Sachin Tendulkar (326) combined for 664 batting for Shardashram Vidyamandir in February 1988 during the Harris Shield tournament.

He knows what it takes for a young kid in Mumbai struggling to attain his dream. Sachin would have to commute on crowded buses 4 times a day and wash his clothes twice a day in order to just make it to the practice ground. Once he got hurt keeping and was bleeding profusely, but he didn’t have the money for a taxi.

So he asked a friend to give him a ride on his cycle. On the two 12 year olds went but they couldn’t make their way up a flyover. So Sachin had to lug his cricket kit up a flyover with blood splattered on his shirt.

While many may feel that having scored 1000 runs gives one a somewhat easier path to tread, Sachin knows better than most that performances have to be consistently surpassed when you are working your way up. New peaks need to be scaled, new horizons need to be explored and there are more records aroud the corner to chase.

Pranav has said of Sachin “Sachin is my batting idol, I am a wicketkeeper so my wicketkeeping idol is Australia’s Brad Haddin.” The youngster has come into the limelight for the right reasons, through his bat, and in order to remain relevant he needs to keep improving. For now though, he can take a moment to soak it all in.
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