New Delhi: His career stretching over two decades is the stuff of legends, and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar is now passing on tips to youngsters chasing success. The Master Blaster said one should be smart enough to hide weaknesses against bowlers. "You can't expose weaknesses. Once I got hit in the rib-cage. The bowler kept staring at me and I kept staring at him. It had become difficult to breathe, but I did not show. I knew it was broken, hit on the spot. But you never stop, you keep moving forward," the batting legend said during an event in the capital on Friday.
Tendulkar said his running had a huge impact on his training through his magnificent career. "Running had a positive impact on my fitness. For us, it was about speed, the short bursts and recovery to play the next ball. For running between the wickets, it was run, decelerate, touch the crease and accelerate. That's what worked for me," he said.
It was revealed that if boundaries were to be removed from all the runs he has scored, Tendulkar ran 353 kms over his 24-year long career to collect his runs. "There is more awareness today, there are different training methods. It's the need of the hour. The Indian team is one of the best in the world. In the early 90s, this was not to be seen. The infrastructure has improved. Players have learnt how to dive. The guys are particular about what to eat and when to eat," he said.
Tendulkar said one must not stop while facing challenges and difficulties since success might be "at the next corner". "I used to spend as much time on field as possible. I would train and play for 12 hours a day, it became a routine. I was happy, it was not torturing. Fielding was a bit of torture," he said smiling. "I liked to compete. You can't give excuses."
The New Delhi marathon will offer Rs 27 lakh as prize money across many categories.