Sachin Tendulkar reveals aim of sponsoring under-privileged talented cricketers
Tendulkar wants to make sure that no talented youngster with a chance of representing India misses out due to a lack of resources.
Sachin Tendulkar might have long retired from the game but the Master Blaster’s legacy still lives on as he continues giving back to the game he served with utmost dedication and respect for more than two decades. He has continued to remain in touch with cricket through his role as the mentor of the Mumbai Indians franchise in the IPL as well as with his important role in Indian cricket as seen as with his position in the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).
Despite the many records that Tendulkar boasts of, it was the way he played the game that endeared him to the masses not just in India, but all over the world. He played with a humility that defied his world-record breaking nature and was equally humble off the field, successfully evading any serious controversies during his illustrious career.
Years after his retirement, Tendulkar is proving that he has lost none of it as he revealed his ambition of helping out the underprivileged children in India help achieve their dream of playing the game of cricket.
Drawing a parallel with his own humble beginning, Tendulkar said that he wanted to make sure that no deserving kid with the talent to be a future cricketer at the professional level misses out on the chance due to a lack of resources.
"I exactly know how it feels when you don t have enough money in your pocket and you want a particular bat. So it is about addressing the poorest of the children who aspire to play cricket. There are lots of underprivileged promising cricketers who end up playing for their states but they don t have proper equipment," Tendulkar said, revealing plans for a launch of new range of cricketing gear.
"I want to go out and help them, provide them proper cricketing gear where they don t have to worry that if they break a bat where would the next one come from. I want to supply the equipment so that they just have to go out and live their passion. They should be free to just think about scoring runs or taking wickets and giving their best," he added.
Tendulkar said that representing India at the international career was the one thing that brought him the biggest joy possible and he wants to make sure that the future generation also gets the chance to chase their dreams of emulating the past and present cricket legends.
"That is the greatest feeling in the world, when you are out in middle and batting for your team and I want that to happen to as many children as possible," he said. "My career started when I saw the World Cup being lifted by Kapil Dev in 1983, from there on I wanted to chase my dream and there were gradual steps which I had to take.
“It wasn't like from day one I had the best of bats in my hand. So I want to address that, as there are children who may not be able to afford a bat. I want to help and sponsor them."