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Thursday , February 27 , 2014
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Sachin’s love for the letter

Chennai: Walking down memory lane, Sachin Tendulkar, on Wednesday, recalled writing letters to wife Anjali in the pre-mobile era and found her handwriting “beautiful”, which anyone would “watch and admire”.

However, the legend revealed that he needed to put in some extra effort while writing those letters.

“Hitting a cricket ball came naturally to me. But, while writing letters to Anjali, I have to double check what I was writing,” Sachin said, at a handwriting promotional event, here.

“… In those days when there were no mobiles, the modes of communication was through landline and writing letters… I started writing letters. I started with my parents and later wrote some letters to Anjali,” he added.

Sachin also spoke about how his parents would sit next to him and teach him how to hold a pen.

Usually doctors are not renowned for their handwriting, but Sachin says Anjali, who is a doctor by profession, is an exception.

“My wife, I think, is an exception because she has got a beautiful handwriting, which anyone would watch and admire.”

Asked who among his colleagues had the best handwriting, he said: “I think Anil (Kumble) writes quite clearly. Subroto Banerjee is quite skilful.”

And who had the worst, pat came the answer: “You generally tend to notice only the good things, right?”

Sachin said his children — Sara and Arjun — used to scribble on the wall.

“When somebody asked what that was and I would say that was the making of an young artist. As they grew, the height of the graffiti in the wall became higher,” he quipped.

Comparing handwriting skills with batting skills, he said: “Once you learn them, you learn them forever. To start anything in life, basics are very important.

“I can’t write with my right hand. I hope there is some technology that teaches us to use the right hand as well. But, I can eat with both hands,” he said, adding children should practice handwriting.

Sachin said he is spending time with his children since his retirement from cricket. He played his last Test against the West Indies at the Wankhede in last November.

“Life is beautiful. I get enough time to spend with my children. I have not played much. Just a few occasions with my son at my house.”

Sachin will lead Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and Shane Warne will captain the Rest of the World in a 50-over match, at Lord’s on July 5. The MCC XI will also include Rahul Dravid.