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Sachin: Learn from Saina

Sachin & Saina

Nashik: Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday advised budding sportspersons to put in hours of practice in order to achieve success at the international level just like Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal.

Speaking at an interactive session here, Sachin cited Saina’s example and said that the shuttler has attained great heights through sheer hard work and practice.

“Young sportspersons should learn from the Olympic bronze medallist and remain focused on their game to achieve success,” Sachin said.

The maestro last month felicitated the ace shuttler in Hyderabad.

Asked about the retirement of senior cricketers like Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, he said both had their own unique style and were great players.

To another question, Sachin said his dream of winning the World Cup had been fulfilled and advised youngsters to chase their dreams.

“Besides cricket, I also liked tennis. But on advice of my elder brother, I took up cricket.” Sachin, who was coming to Nashik after a gap of nearly three decades, said.

“I visited Trimbakeshwar (a holy town on the outskirts of the city) for the first time with my parents when I was just 7 or 8 years old. I was here again in 1983-84 for a cricket tournament.”

Sachin maintained that the blessings of his coach Ramakant Achrekar and the support of his family members and friends helped him in shaping his highly successful career and becoming mentally strong.

He felt mental toughness and composure helped him to remain calm on the field and avoid getting into any sort of argument with bowlers or umpires.