Ajinkya Rahane disclosed Sachin Tendulkar’s words of encouragement to him following his retirement speech in 2013. Monday, April 24, marked the 50th birthday of ‘Master Blaster’, as he is affectionately known by his admirers.
Known as the “God of Cricket,” Tendulkar set a number of national team records during his tenure. The Mumbai-born cricketer is the game’s leading run scorer in both Test and ODI formats, with 100 centuries in international cricket across all formats.
Shortly after his final Test at home against the West Indies in 2013, Rahane revealed that Tendulkar gave him invaluable advice. Rahane recalled how Tendulkar encouraged the batter to remain dedicated to his game despite not reaching the national team.
“As soon as the match against the West Indies concluded on November 16, 2013 at Wankhede, and Paaji (Sachin Tendulkar) returned to the locker room alone after delivering his retirement speech, each of us felt the emotions. We had resolved to give Paaji some space, so I was surprised when he called me over, as stated in Sachin@50 by Boria Majumdar.
For those unaware, Rahane was warming the bench as Rohit Sharma had entered the XI and secured his position. Tendulkar advised Rahane to persevere and that the game would ‘take care’ of him in the future.
“I was the 12th man in that game and hadn’t had many opportunities in the previous two years. Paaji had observed me from a close distance and said the following: I’ve known you for years and have witnessed your passion for the game. You have been the ideal devotee and have served cricket with the utmost devotion and dedication over the past several years. “Rohit (Sharma) has supplanted you after scoring two centuries in a one-day match against Australia,” Ajinkya Rahane said.
“But you will get your opportunity, and when you do, you should seize it with both hands. You may feel that it is a cruel game at the present, but I am confident that the game will take care of you in the future if you continue to serve it as you have always done.'”