Sachin shares with Dr Sandhya his last match in mother's presence
Even when Sachin Tendulkar became a star cricketer, his mother Rajani Tendulkar was never brave enough to watch him play on the crease. The only match she watched in person was Sachin's last match at Wankhede stadium in 2013. When the entire country loved to watch Sachin play, why his own mother was worried, asked Dr Sandhya Kurup to Sachin. Dr Sandhya is the nodal officer who leads the COVID resistance activities in Koyilandi in Kozhikode. She is also one of the organizers in Indian Medical Association.
How was your experience when you played your final match with your mother watching the game from gallery?
Sachin replied laughing, "It would be hard to believe, but the only wish I had in mind all these years was that my mother should be there in the gallery watching me playing at least once. My last wish while retiring also was the same. I still remember when I called N Sreenivasan deciding about retirement. I wanted to play my last game in Mumbai, so that my mother can watch it from the gallery.
Though I played for 24 years, my mother never watched me play cricket. It was same even when I was in school. I always wanted to know how would it feel when my mother is present to watch the game in person. It is an unforgettable memory. I can never forget how I faced the balls in the last over.
They were showing my family on the mega screen in the stadium. I tried my best to concentrate while watching them amid the pressure of the last ball. Then the camera focused on my mother only. She was not aware of being captured in the camera. Thus I played the last over watching my mother's reaction to my heart's content. It was a priceless moment," Sachin said.