14th of November 2013 and Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar took his final bow and ascend to ‘cricket heaven’ to shine even brighter than he did when he walked amongst mere mortals. The God metaphor perhaps comes closest to describing the ‘Maelstrom’ who bats at No 4. The Nemesis of every fast bowler…the run machine…the master blaster…little master et al.
When it comes to sheer stickability nobody can surpass ‘Amcha Sachin’, for truly- over two decades he has been a permanent fixture in the Indian cricket team which in itself is a feat beyond compare. Fellow players may have come and gone, the game may have changed form and gotten more demanding but nothing ever changed about the ever dependable ‘Amcha Sachin’.
He has applied himself to his life i.e. cricket and enjoyed it in all its forms whether displaying legendary batting prowess & technique to create colossal records, being the master strategist to even playing mentor to a young Indian team. The genius of Tendulkar knows no parallel and I suspect can have none either.
Can his record of 200 tests and 51 Test centuries and others be beaten? Perhaps! Records after all are meant to be broken. Sooner or later someone probably might get lucky enough. However, can that person surpass Sachin’s other achievements? Can he carry off with ease the weight of the aspirations of a billion Indians the way Sachin has done since the tender age of 16? Can he create records in all forms of the game- test, one day and T20?
Can this pretender to the throne actually be the choked feeling in a hundred million throats as he walks in to bat? Can he make millions of mothers & grannies who despite not understanding a thing about cricket pray feverishly for this little giant to do well, to score those centuries and bail India out? Can he disrupt train schedules when batting at 99? If anyone can surpass that then only can he claim to have beaten the God who bats at no 4 and wears the NO.10 Indian Blue!
One can’t really help wonder as to what it is that makes this little man a giant. What secret diet or exercise regimen does he follow that has seen him through 23 years of grueling cricket? What is that X factor that makes Sachin the maximum run getter and an absolute lightening streak on the field? Pure luck or happenstance, lucky breaks, a good teacher, an early start what? Or could it after all have something to do with the 3Ds of success? DISCIPLINE DETERMINATION AND DEVOTION. Words that are mere words for most but a way of life for the rare few!
It’s not that Sachin hasn’t had his share of injuries after all if you have been playing cricket since your school days and for over two decades facing some of the meanest pace attack plus running about on the field you are bound to take some battering. However Sachin Tendulkar despite a tennis elbow condition, pulled hamstring and countless injuries has still emerged fit and can give any youngster an absolute RUN for the money.
There is even a photo gallery dedicated to Sachin’s injuries. So for a chronological run down on his injuries you can refer to http://indiatoday.intoday.in/gallery/sachin-tendulkars-injuries/1/5450.html.
So what does Sachin eat?
It is quite disappointing to know that there isn’t a Sachin Tendulkar secret diet. Or if it were a secret diet he obviously isn’t telling. A self confessed foodie Sachin loves food especially lobsters and Mangoes. He eats a bit of everything when off the field and during cricketing season he is on his prescribed diet of 40% carbohydrate, 30% fat and 30% protein. Could that be responsible for his quick running between the wickets we wonder.
Diet during Matches
His diet intake consists of 40% carbohydrate, 30% fat and 30% protein.
- Breakfast – Big bowl of porridge + 200ml milk + water with a tsp of sucrose and raisins if desired and 250ml fresh fruit juiceTea/coffee
- After workout – 25g whey protein power
- Snack – Sandwich with part of grilled fish or low fat soft cheese with fruits
- Lunch – 3 chapattis + olive oil based spread with fish or cereal, 100g mixed raisin & nut, freshly prepared salad, 1 bowl Low fat yoghurt
- Cricket training – Large amount of water with electrolyte
- After training – Protein shake, 100g mixed raisin and nuts, fresh fruits
- Dinner – Similar to lunch
Dedication and devotion are simply not possible without concentration and well what one can say about that. Imagine the roar and din of the spectators especially when you are batting on enemy turf. The ability to fade out external noises and simply concentrate on the ball which comes down at you at a speed of 155 Km/h must take some ability. That’s what adds to the mystique of Tendulkar - The ability to concentrate. Must be something in that ‘walk down the pitch and tap the bat ritual’ which he is seen to do often in between deliveries.
As though enough hasn’t been said about Sachin’s qualities another one comes up and that is his pain threshold according to Dr SN Omkar, who was the Indian team’s yoga instructor in the early 2000s. Sachin took to Yoga quite naturally and that helped him in every aspect of the game right from enduring and healing injuries to enhancing his natural stroke play and above all the ability to have phenomenal concentration. Sachin also undertook training with Yoga Guru BKS Iyengar after he suffered from a pulled hamstring and has over the years attended several yoga sessions to get his battle ravaged body back in shape.
Ultimately there must be some X factor at work that goes beyond all normal human qualities. Some call it the hand of destiny or luck. Imagine how easily one could get swayed by all the fame and adulation that has come Sachin Tendulkar’s way. A lesser mortal could have gone completely berserk by a fraction of the attention that Sachin has today. What keeps him grounded and sensible? Mediation is something Sachin does regularly and according to him that is what keeps him grounded and modest enough to take his ‘God Status’ with ease. So that’s one more point in the making of a legend – Physical fitness , diet, right exercise, meditation for mental equilibrium and of course the external factors of a supportive and closely knit family .
So essentially to become Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar one must have all those factors like physical prowess, mental strength & disposition, opportunity and the ability to encash on it , attitude, fighting spirit, determination, devotion, discipline, ability to concentrate and learn, adaptability, self esteem, the blessings and encouragement of family and a teacher who helps bring out the best in you… ALL THESE …..COINCIDING AT THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME! To draw a parallel isn’t that just like how life happened on earth? A series of JUST RIGHT factors that came together at the right time to make life possible on earth? Just the way it uncannily makes Gods of cricket possible, that only once in a lifetime phenomenon called SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR, the God, who according to Amul will make India “Retire Hurt” on the 14th of November 2013.