People call Sachin Tendulkar a genius but forget the hard work behind it, says Harsha Bhogle

“We watch batsmen and bowlers on the cricket field but we fail to see the human (being) behind the batsman or bowler. You realise that Sachin (Tendulkar) or (Rahul) Dravid have such unique personalities,” said Harsha Bhogle, cricket commentator, speaking at Gappa, a talk show organised by Loksatta.

Bhogle said every cricketer endures tremendous pressure not only related to playing the sport but also in their personal lives. “Tendulkar had a lot of support from his family. I remember when I had asked him what goes inside his mind before he goes onto the field, he told me that he does not think of anything and keeps his mind blank. However, due to vigorous training, all the techniques and aspects related to the game is programmed in his mind in such a way that he plays on instinct. So when you asked him why he played that way… that is instinct, an outcome of his prior programming in his mind. People call him a genius. He did not, however, attain his talent due to God’s grace only. We often forget the hard work behind it.”

When asked about the pressure young cricketers face, Bhogle said, “Each and every one of them have worked hard to reach where they are. Imagine having a failure in front of millions watching you on their television sets. The pressure becomes high. Additionally, most of them come from humble backgrounds wherein the sudden fame adds to this pressure.”

Courtesy : Indian Express

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