I am not really a cricket fanatic. My knowledge of Sachin is limited to the links people posted when he retired or the television interviews that he gave. Come on! It is impossible not to know Sachin, especially if you are an Indian. He is there on the field, off the field, on television, posters, banners … heads and hearts. Sachin is like a pulse that keeps a person living and breathing.
At the Aviva Bloggers Meet, Kolkata, I was going through the videos of Sachin and his association with Aviva and the promotionals. Incredible! I said to myself. Never saw him speaking about his children and plans of making Arjun – a cricketer or his daughter to become a doctor. That is what his children wants. Right now I am the mama of a beautiful 1.5 year old niece, soon I’ll be a father myself. How do we plan to support our children’s dreams? That was the discussion at the blogger’s meet.
I think of Sachin, what a personality. There are few things to learn from him. That inspires me to become someone remotely as close as Sachin and no, I don’t play cricket..
First is his sustained commitment to hard work and his passion. His sense of perfection in cricket, one might say. But look at the character he has made of himself! When the entire world was criticising him and debating whether the God of cricket should continue playing in the Indian 11, he stayed calm and more than that – focussed.
He never spoke a word which might hurt the team spirit or something against a team member or any person. He led a dignified career, with even his bestest of opponents respecting him. Such is the dignity.
And today I watched him speak, so humbly. The other side of the cricketer’s life. I watched him speaking at his farewell. Such humility. Something we should all learn from.
Three things that inspire me about Sachin – sustained commitment to hard work, sense of dignity and humility.
Way to go. You can check the latest promotional of Aviva here. This video has struck me and I am left contemplating.
This was a blog post as an entry to the speed blogging contest at The #Aviva Kolkata Bloggers Meet. We had 15 minutes to conceptualise, write and publish our article about 3 things of Sachin that inspires us. The grand winner got a life size cricket bat autographed by Sachin Tendulkar. 3 writers gor honorary mention, me being one.
Pasting two of my photographs there. Photographs courtesy: Aviva India.