The upcoming biopic of former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’, was made tax free in Odisha on Tuesday, reported news agency PTI. The announcement was made by state’s Finance Minister Shashi Bhushan Behera who revealed that entertainment tax for the movie has been waived for the audience at theatres throughout the state as the cricket legend is a source of inspiration for the youth.Scheduled to be released on May 26, the film is a presentation on the legend’s cricket and personal life showing some aspects of it not known to the public so far.
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Meanwhile, Tendulkar while speaking at a promotional event for the movie remembered the 2003 World Cup Final and said the result could have been different if T20 was introduced back then. “I feel if we were allowed to play that match today, the players will approach that game differently. We were all charged up, we went out to field and right from over one, it was that big moment, unbelievably charged up. (If the) same players are given an opportunity, we will approach it (that game) differently,” He said.
India lost that match to Australia by 125 runs in Johannesburg after Ricky Ponting-led side scored a mammoth 359/2. “(Players would have approached) differently only because of introduction of T20, in those days 358 (359) looked (a) herculean task, it will be today as well but it will be closer than 2003,” Tendulkar added. “We have also on number of occasions got 325-340 runs and that is because the format has changed, the rules have changed a little bit. The conditions have also changed (than) what we got there, I just feel the mindset has changed because of introduction of T20 and the calculations are different,” explained the former right-handed batsman.
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Sachin also praised the former BCCI president Raj Singh Dungarpur for helping him in his early days. “(I) clearly remember Raj bhai walking up to me and said Sachin, after this Ranji Trophy, you focus on your SSC exams. You will play for India, but you are not going to West Indies. Raj bhai has always been extremely supportive. Raj Bhai has played huge role in my life,” remembered the master-blaster.