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How cars helped Tendulkar

Mumbai: Known for his penchant for sports cars, Sachin Tendulkar said that during his earlier playing days he used to clean his cars to divert his attention from cricket.

Tendulkar, who retired from one-day Internationals recently, said he used to find it “relaxing” to wash his cars.

“Not that often that I clean my cars nowadays. It was back then when I had a little more time. Those days I used to shampoo and wax the cars myself, because I cared about my cars. I find that relaxing,” he said at an awards function last night.

“I have got some friends who are as crazy about cars as I am. It was more to take my mind off cricket and relax,” he said adding that some players seek his advice on cars.

Taking a walk down memory lane, Tendulkar recollected his childhood days, when he dreamt about owning his four-wheeler. “My passion for cars started when I was 8-9 years old. Living in Bandra, just behind our building there was a huge open air drive-in theatre and all the big cars used to come there and park.

“Those days it was Fiats and Ambassadors or an occasional Contessa or Standard 2000. That was the time when I used to tell myself that one day I should have a car of my own,” he said.

Tendulkar said he has to lie to his wife Anjali about the specifications of the car while deciding to buy it.

“I have to tell her it’s a four-door family car. I am talking about the M5 (BMW M5-series). I tell her it is not that fast. The kids would really enjoy. I have never really mentioned 500bhp or whatever. I hide it,” he said.