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I won't force my kids into cricket, says Sachin

I won't force my kids into cricket, says Sachin

Sachin Tendulkar talks about his two children and life outside the cricket field.

It was the winter of 1989 when a 16-year-old Sachin Tendulkar made his debut for India against Pakistan, their fiercest rival. He came armed with an already formidable opposition and began the journey that scaled a summit that a few would imagine was possible.

Now 20 years later, Sachin Tendulkar is a legend among his peers and a colossal that history would place on a heady pedestal. He still plays the game with limitless enthusiasm and continues to enchant.

Tendulkar, the dad, talks about his two children and life outside the cricket field in an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN Associate Cricket Editor Nishant Arora.

CNN-IBN: Now that you are a father, what kind of dreams do you have for your kids? Do you see a blur picture of Arjun at 17 or 18 playing for India?

Sachin Tendulkar: When I dream, I make sure I dream twice. One is my dream as a cricketer and the other for my family. The cricketing dream stays the same.

I have left that to him. He has started playing cricket and my daughter plays tennis. I don't want to force them into cricket or tennis. It has to come from their side. I would just give them directions. Eventually, it's their life and my job is to guide them.

CNN-IBN: Have your kids realised that they stay with one of India's biggest heroes?

Sachin Tendulkar: I am just their father. That's where it stops. I am all those other things when I cross the ropes in a cricket field. Otherwise I am a family man and now they know that I play cricket for India.

It was tough initially because my son did not like it when I left home. For the first five-six years of his life, he did not speak to me on the phone. That was difficult for me but now he knows what I do and he appreciates that; so that's nice.

Catch Sachin Tendulkar talk about 20 years of international cricket and his dominance of the game in an exclusive interview at 8 PM on Saturday and 12 noon and 10 PM on Sunday on CNN-IBN.

first published:September 19, 2009, 11:06 IST