Sachin Tendulkar’s contribution immense : David James

Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar left Kerala Blasters club last weak. Blasters coach David James said “His contribution to the club is immense. He’s a god-like character in sports and Indian history. It will have an impact (on the team), of course. But I also think that the demographic has changed for Kerala Blasters fans and the Manjappada.

“In Year One (of the ISL), you will have to understand that people will have shared interests in football and Sachin. (Since his departure), there’s little reference to cricket when you talk about Kerala Blasters.

“Initially, I was surprised how much cricket dominated the talk in India. I didn’t appreciate how big it was in India back in 2014. But I think there’s a balance in Kerala now. What Sachin has done is tremendous but now is the time to write a new chapter with heavy-hearted football fans.”

Former Liverpool goalkeeper also said “I have to thank Sachin (for hiring me) in Year 1,” James said. “I met him in London and he kind of vetted me to see if am adequate to be the player-cum-coach of this club. Had we not had that conversation back in 2014, this conversation wouldn’t be possible now,”

“That said, I think there was also a movement among the Kerala Blasters fans when they wanted to renovate the cricket pitch at the JN Stadium in Kochi for one match. And they succeeded in moving that game out of Kochi. That shows how passionate the Kerala Blasters fans are about the game.”

Tendulkar too, while giving up his stake, said that the Blasters can go on to achieve more success in the ISL.

After reflecting and much discussion with my team, I have decided to exit my association with Kerala Blasters as a co-promoter,” Tendulkar said in a statement. “I strongly believe that Kerala Blasters is in very good shape and on its path to attain many more successes with the backing of its fans offering unconditional support. I am very proud of Kerala Blasters and a piece of my heart will always beat for the club,” he said.

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