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Sachin expresses gratitude to fans

Sachin Tendulkar in Mumbai, on Tuesday

Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar said that the “warmth and affection” he received from the cricket loving Indian fans across the globe has played a “huge role” in his career.

“Something that played a huge role in my career was the warmth and affection that I have received all across the world, whoever supports Indian cricket,” Tendulkar said at the music launch of a film.

Champion sportspersons draw inspiration from various sources and for India’s longest serving Test cricketer, his father late Ramesh Tendulkar has been the source.

“I can definitely say that my father was a source of inspiration. And then my brothers had a huge impact and after that my wife and her parents.

“They also play an important role. It’s a family thing where it starts.

“At every stage there were certain goals to achieve and there are certain things which inspires you,” the veteran of 194 Tests said.

The 39-year-old also took the opportunity to take a trip down memory lane as he paid rich tributes to Asha Bhosle, who was present at the function.

“Everyone knows about the kind of impact that Ashaji has had on the Indian music.

“I have grown up listening to her music. In fact, my favourite is In Aankho Ki Masti ke (Umrao Jaan), which she sang for me and my wife.”

When asked about if he has any plans to make a silver screen debut, he said: “Till the time I am playing cricket, it will only be cricket. I will do one thing at a time.”