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What is Sachin Tendulkar really like?

November 17, 2009

I am not a great fan of cricket but there are some sports people whom I am in awe of. Sachin Tendulkar is certainly one of them. A lot is being written about him of late, because he completed 20 years in international cricket. He’s lasted, unlike many others. However Sachin has always been a bit of a reserved person and I have always been curious as to what he is really like, inside.

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There is no way of knowing, unless ofcourse one knows him well. I had no hopes of doing that, so the next best thing was to see whether his hand revealed it. Some of my readers know that I am a palmist, but a palmist who firmly believes that you cannot tell the future from one’s palm. I do believe that the hand reveals one’s temperament though. I have analysed Sachin’s hand here, on this post, on my other blog.

Some of what I have written is known about him, but I have tried to explain why he is who he is. There might be some additional points here about him which people are not sure of. Here is an excerpt:

I saw him on television just a few days ago and he was saying something that he has said several times in the past. That money is not that important to him, and it is his passion for the game and his love for India which is more important. I looked for signs in the hand that would either confirm or contradict his words. Well, for one thing, Sachin’s fingers show that he is a straightforward person and he is unlikely to lie. However we can go on to see whether his hand shows a love for money.

Reading Sachin Tendulkar’s hand was fun, because there is always this curiosity that one has about famous people. I mean, is their public image just one big pretence? Or even if it is not pretence, then perhaps the media is misrepresenting them, for the better or for worse? Famous people are always at the mercy of the media. They have to be nice to them, or they well be chewed up. What I have written about Sachin is not all good, but then no one is perfect.

After writing that post, the controversy about Sachin saying that Mumbai belongs to India arose. For the Shiv Sena to claim that his statement is political is ridiculous. He has not talked about whether Mumbai should be made an union territory, if he had said that, then it would have been a political statement. All Sachin did was to say what the majority of Indians feel, that Mumbai belongs to India. Ofcourse it does, there is no doubt about that. His statement has been unnecessarily been given a political colour by parties who want publicity.

It is interesting to note that I had already said that Sachin had this habit of saying things he regrets. And there is no doubt that Sachin is regretting saying what he said now. Even though he knows that what he said was perfectly alright, he hates controversy.

29 Comments leave one →
  1. November 17, 2009 9:56 am

    I second you about the reaction of political parties- stupidity! What do they want anyway a separate state? Voice of the people? There aren’t even the ruling govt. there! And yes they behave like goondas, maybe we can do away with them, aren’t they trying to disturb national stability? There are laws i am sure…

    Vishesh, I think Shiv Sena has finally lost it. Gone crazy. They are now clutching at straws. – Nita

  2. November 17, 2009 9:56 am

    Controversies, make political parties win elections.. So much for democracy!! 😦

    Controversies and money power! 😦 – Nita

  3. November 17, 2009 11:07 am

    If Bal Thakeray says he is not an Indian, lets ask him to leave the country.

    I second that! 🙂 – Nita

    • November 17, 2009 10:13 pm

      u r right ,,,,,,,
      Baal thakrey n raj thakrey like people doesn’t required in civilized socity

  4. Bharath permalink
    November 17, 2009 11:13 am

    I am big fan of his playing style.. but you know India lost many matches when he played really well.. donno why this happens mostly? Just see his last match with australia… I felt very much disappointed.. He loose himself when it becomes a critical situation.. even when he is close to 50 or 100 or 150.. how many times he’s got out! many times.. that concludes… He is not a good Finisher!

    Do you have any records of his spending on Cumminity services/society? Is he associated with any NGO kind of organisations? How much money he donated and what is his net worth? Just curious to know…

    Bharath, I think Phantom has answered some of your questions. – Nita

    Nice post.. Thanks..

    • Tendulkar fan permalink
      November 18, 2009 12:05 am

      I am not sure what else Tendulkar will have to do after 20 years. In the last match and in many matches before because of him we could reach to a point where we could even think of a victory. If you want him to finish as well then why do we need remaining players in the team? In the last match against Australia, what did those Kumars, Singhs and other great folks do after he brought game so close?
      Please spend some time study his data.
      Regarding NGOs, I read that he is paying for education of about 200 children. I am sure he must be doing more but he will not reveal it.

      Tendulkar fan, I agree that he must be doing it but he is not the type to make a big show of it, unlike some others. – Nita

      • Tendulkar fan permalink
        November 18, 2009 3:51 pm

        Yes. He is not that kind of person. Even if he has done a lot of social work till now not much information is available. As he said in his interviews he does it because he likes it. He does not expect anything from it.

  5. November 17, 2009 11:45 am

    Oops, I find the earlier comment awaiting moderation. You may delete it if you wish. Like Sachin I am not one for raking up controversies. I am neither a great fan of Sachin. But for once I did think he did speak wisely. All of us are after all Indians first.

    radha, there was nothing controversial in your comment so don’t worry. And as for controversies, I don’t like them either. – Nita

  6. vasudev permalink
    November 17, 2009 11:50 am

    the only impression i have about sachin is that he likes a lot of ‘free’dom…like ‘free’ club membership, ‘free’ duty on costly car gift and lots of such ‘freedoms’. he would have done wonders for india if he were born sometime in the early 1900s, during the height of the struggle. instead he is struggling with a mere stick and a million fools. what a waste.

    vasudev, actually if you compare him to other rich people and other celebrities he is better. – Nita

    • November 17, 2009 2:24 pm

      I am among that million fools who can kill for Sachin or even who can get killed for Sachin ..

      And I just love watching his struggling with a mere stick but I love it more when his struggle overcomes the agony of the other men after hitting their balls (pun intended !!) ..

      I know what a waste but can’t help it !! ..


    • November 17, 2009 4:01 pm


    • vasudev permalink
      November 18, 2009 11:27 am is really nice to learn about the positives of sachin. unfortunatedly the media covered only his negatives. next time we can remember that.

      way back in 1986 i had this exclusive opportunity of inviting sunil gavaskar for a public function. went to his house where the man himself gave me a glass of juice and then had a back seat chat with him to & fro his place to chembur in an a/c amby (those days we never had exotic cars). really a very down to earth person and we spoke of all things under earth like old brothers. neither did he put up any ‘bhav’ and neither did i give him any ‘bhav’. sunil told me about some of the child rehab projects he was involved with. it is good to see these guys doing their bit. while i am not any avid cricket fan i had this opportunity to get close to this icon, even though for only 3 hours.

      • vasudev permalink
        November 18, 2009 11:28 am

        sorry…that shud read 1996 (not 1986)

  7. November 17, 2009 11:55 am

    Hi Nita ji how r u. This is an interesting post indeed . I’ve grown up watching Sachin Bat, and he is among few icons of our country which make us proud.
    Dragging him into politics is the worst thing one can do with him…He’s never been involved in even any cricket controversy forget abt politics (And see the level of politics, when he says he is an indian, our “leaders” object 🙂 )

    I am fine vivek mittal. I agree that dragging him into politics shows how senile the shiv sena become. – Nita

  8. November 17, 2009 12:49 pm

    Good post there, Nita. Well, all I wish to ask is whether Sachin Tendulkar would have survived in a national side like, say Australia, or South Africa.

    Cheers !!!

    Jimmy, well if he had been there from the beginning, he might have. But yeah I know what you mean. They cut people because they have a new crop coming up all the time. – Nita

  9. November 17, 2009 2:17 pm

    You have read my post about Why I hate Sachin in which I have mentioned how much I love/Adore this champion little master ..

    If Sachin would hv not played cricket, i guess my birth on this planet would not hv been fruitful .. I’m telling this from the bottom of my heart ..

    One banner in Sharjah rightly said what I hv in my heart:

    “I will see GOD when I die, but till then I will see Sachin bat”

    Soham, you really are a true fan! 🙂 – Nita

  10. November 17, 2009 4:54 pm

    I am a big Sachin fan. My mother watches a cricket match only till Sachin is batting, before Sachin it was Sunil Gavaskar( a Marathi again). All Indians are proud of them. What did Sachin say that he needs to regret- I am a proud Maharashtrian, but I am an Indian first. A cricketer wearing a blue uniform says that without even saying it in words. I think more than Sachin it is Bala Saheb Thackeray who is regretting his outburst in Samna. Sachin is not a poor North Indian who has come to Mumbai in search of employment, the whole of India is behind him. I found the response of MNS interesting. Their spokesman said that Raj Thackeray will respond at the right time. I am sure that he was waiting for the response from the Maharashtrians, and won’t respond now because the Marashtrians have come out in support of Sachin.

    Prerna, exactly. These dumbo politicians don’t understand that Sachin moves in a different plane. He wears the blue uniform. Every time he plays he feels India in his blood, it makes him less petty, less narrowminded. As for the MNS, they will do the opposite of the Sena! It’s interesting to see the cat and mouse game between them. The congress is the winner! – Nita

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  12. November 17, 2009 9:35 pm

    I am sure he doesnt regret what he said !

    🙂 – Nita

  13. November 17, 2009 11:59 pm

    thackreys are started to getting deseparate due to the loss of elections and they have to show that they are there..

    our media helps them in wonderful manner…


    what Sachin has said is 100% true…

    yeah, this shows the desperation of the SS and also shows how low they can sink. – Nita

  14. November 18, 2009 2:27 am

    I can’t believe people have a problem with a person who said ” he is an Indian” and we celebrate years after years of independence day, when we can’t even express our nationality..

    anyways on a side note, rambler is getting very tempted to get his palms analyzed by you…any chances?

    yeah sure Rambler. 100% chance. I am doing it after a month or two. A big discount for my readers! 🙂 – Nita

  15. phantom permalink
    November 18, 2009 3:12 am

    This is a topic I can readily talk about for hours on end.

    SD is a phenomenon, a prodigy, a massive reservoir of talent, humility, sporting character and basic human values.

    As a batsman his talent, skills, expertise and achievements do not need to be highlighted….his record, reputation and profile in the cricket community, speaks for itself. What is even more astounding is his sheer and absolute dedication and continual commitment to the game itself, to the discipline of batting. He treats it like a science and at the same time an art-form, something to be studied, perfected, revered and respected. He understands and embodies the true ethos of the sportsman – to play for the love and respect of the game, and not the peripheral trappings of success that the game brings. He is in effect, an Ashwattama, an Arjun, a Karna of batting, someone who doesn’t allow all the usual distractions associated with modern day sporting success (the celebrity status, the ridiculous money, endorsements, scandals, power etc) get in the way of his cricketing performance. He was always, is, and probably shall always be the utmost student of the game. And for that alone, he has my undying respect and support.

    As a sportsman, he is very well respected for his humility on and off the field, his humble attitude, dislike for unwanted attention or adulation of his achievements, his team spirit and lack of individualistic behaviour. I contrast him with the terribly misplaced arrogance of a Yuvraj Singh, Ganguly or Harbajan, whose cockiness far supersedes their actual tangible contributions to the game.

    A friend who’s relatives used to live in the same building as SD, told me that SD was known for taking the building and mohalle wale kids for rides in his Ferrari. I somehow don’t see a Yuvraj doing this !!!

    SD has made a phenomenal amount of money, through sponsorships and endorsements, and rightly so. What he has made is no more (if not substantially less) compared to the top European/British footballers, and the top quartile of players in the NBA, NFL, Baseball league in the USA, Formula 1 racing, and in international golf and tennis. So by no means should SD’s financial successes be grudged against him, as he has earned every paisa of it. That he has maintained his humility and respect for the game and for his fans, despite his financial success, is to be lauded.

    Some friends (who are avid cricket fans, and decent cricketers themselves) raised a point the other day that SD has typically not performed when India needed him the most, typically during a tight run chase. While it may be statistically true that in a lot of matches where india has had to do a tight run chase, SD didn’t perform and India did indeed lose those matches…is it indeed fair to say that the reason india didn’t win is because SD failed?? Or is it more fair to say that the Indian team’s over-reliance on SD was what caused the loss. I choose the latter as it is far more representative of a fundamental problem that has plagued the Indian team for much of the 90’s, and even to date (as recently as the 5th ODI against Aus, where SD didn’t so much fail to perform, as not literally do everything himself!!!).
    This over-dependence on SD is one of the main reasons why the Indian team is not and shall never truly be a champion team, like Australia for e.g., where typically at least 3-4 batsman get decent scores (30+), with one or two of them scoring in the 50 to 70+ region. THAT’s how a team consistently stays at the top of the batting radar.

    As regards SD’s latest comment about Mumbai being for Indians, and him being Indian first and maharashtrian second….i reckon Bal Thackray has just shot himself in the foot by way of his foolish, obviously politically motivated, regionally prejudiced and ethnocentric comments.

    thanks Phantom. I do not know too much about Sachin as I have never been into cricket but I know that he is a prodigy, a virtual hero! In fact he has this aura about him. but seems unconscious of it. – Nita

    • November 18, 2009 8:18 am

      Brilliantly written Comment, Phantom !!

      Cannot get better than this .. Hats off to you for writing this master piece and to the little Master !!

    • November 18, 2009 2:44 pm

      Well said Phantom.

  16. purpler permalink
    November 18, 2009 8:52 am

    Okay I don’t have television or newspapers nowadays so I didn’t know about this new Shiv Sena thing. It sounds really ridiculous! Thanks for the post Nita, you keep me well informed. lol XD

    🙂 – Nita

  17. November 18, 2009 2:58 pm

    I’m not fan of cricket either.But Sachin Tendulkar is one player I admire a lot. With the way he has conducted himself and the way he has shown his passion for the game by way of his consistent performance is indeed praiseworthy.

    This stupid(pardon my usage of the term) political controversy is totally uncalled for and just not worth the attention it is garnering. The fact that he completed 20years of playing cricket for his country is what we should be giving due importance to.

    You are a palmist,Nita! WOW,how wonderful to know that 🙂

    Hi Deeps. Yeah what you say is right, the way Sachin T conducts himself is something to admire, as we all know the tantrums these sports people can throw! And yeah, I;m a palmist. 🙂 Hope you drop in sometimes to the palmistry blog! – Nita

  18. November 18, 2009 5:31 pm

    I am not a cricket fan either 🙂 but I pause and watch the match if Sachin is batting. Always. 🙂

    Exactly! 🙂 Same here! The man is graceful, the way he plays. – Nita.

  19. November 25, 2009 12:02 am

    hmm it will be interesting to read his astrological chart..he must be having some strong Saggi effect to say things and the desire to avoid controversy is sure sign of a mutable sign effect i.e. Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.

    Maybe. However I personally do not believe in astrology at all. – Nita

    • November 25, 2009 8:32 am

      I do not believe in the prediction part of the astrology ..only on the characteristics part of sun signs.

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