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too much of workload. So finally the family decided that I stay with my uncle and my aunt. Their house was walking distance to where I practiced and literally 10 minutes away from my school,” he added.
The trio included his wife Anjali and Tendulkar credited her for giving him a new perspective of life.
“...last but not the least my wife. I met my wife in 1990 and she's known me now for 21years and it's a long time. She's been through all the ups and downs in my career, all the difficult phases where I had lot of injuries and there was a time where my body was just not holding up.
“It was a difficult phase for me and she was right there with me, sort of giving me a different side of life where teaching me to think differently when I was injured, down and low. She actually taught me to thank for what the God has given me and for what the God has not given me; you know not to complain...So you know just to look at life differently has been a huge difference to my career. So I want to thank her as well. So these women have played a significant role in my life,” he said.
Tendulkar said but for his family's sacrifices he would never have scaled the heights that he did in his career.
“...honestly speaking my contribution and whatever I have achieved makes everything look small because what my family members have done for me, the sacrifices have been immense, massive; without this huge force with me I am nothing. Honestly without my brothers, my sister, my parents, my uncle and my aunt, not to forget who played a significant role in my life.
“It was because of my brother Ajit that I started playing cricket and then the constant encouragement from my parents and my brother Nitin. I think at the age of 10-11 when my actual talent was spotted and my brother Ajit took me to my coach Ramakant Achrekar,” he said.
Talking about his father, Tendulkar recalled how the late Ramesh Tendulkar gave