Mumbai: What does a superstar do when he retires after a long, star-studded, record-breaking innings? He makes tea.
"When I retired, the next morning I prepared a cup of tea," Sachin Tendulkar said on Friday while talking to reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event.
"I was asked the question 'what is the first thing that you did'? I woke up, sat in my balcony...it was relaxing. I continue to do those things," the cricketing legend said.
Well aware that he would not pick up the willow again, Tendulkar had discussed his last dismissal with elder brother Ajit even after his farewell Test against the West Indies in November 2013.
Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket after playing his 200th and final Test at the Wankhede Stadium against the West Indies, revealed on Friday how he dissected his final dismissal with his brother.
"On the last day of my career as well when I got out at the Wankhede stadium, we still discussed my dismissal and what I could have done," the 42-year-old told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event. "My brother Ajit is the reason why I started playing cricket. I wanted to become like him first. Then I started watching matches and India won the World Cup, and I wanted to have the trophy in my hand. I started chasing my dream from there on," Tendulkar, a member of the 2011 ODI World Cup-winning squad, said.
"I started travelling with either Mumbai Ranji team or India team. So most of my interactions later on started taking place with my brother," he said on Friday.
Tendulkar also insisted that he always trusted his brother's opinion even if he did not agree with it.
"My brother having played cricket knew exactly what was needed and I could discuss about my batting technique, the mental aspects of the game.
"I was prepared to take criticism. There were occasions our opinions differed, but I knew that in the end what he was telling me was for my good and I trusted his opinion," Tendulkar, who has 51 Test hundreds to his name, said.
"It was all about confidence, belief in someone in whom you trust, you look up to. The judgement and discussions were only in my interest and there are no other motive," he added. PTI