Sachin's ton after father's death was superb effort: Nitin Tendulkar
By: A Correspondent
Sachin Tendulkar's eldest brother, Nitin reckons batting maestro's ton after their father's death was a super effort
Of all his 97 international hundreds (51 in Tests and 46 in one-dayers), Sachin Tendulkar's eldest brother Nitin believes the one the batting maestro scored immediately after his father's death was the best.
Nitin, lesser known than Ajit, who introduced Sachin to coach Ramakant Achrekar, was present at a press conference yesterday to announce the launch of his book of poems as well as a CD of the poems written by his late father, Ramesh. Recalling, Sachin's trauma in 1999, Nitin said: "Our father had died, Sachin had returned and everyone was shocked. I feel his knock against Kenya was his greatest. To hit a century with that frame of mind, it's unbelievable." Sachin had to leave for Mumbai to attend his father's funeral as India played against Zimbabwe at Leicester and ended up losing. He returned in time for the game against Kenya at Bristol and scored a terrific hundred. Sachin admitted that he has not tried his hand at poetry. "I haven't done that till now. I think God has given everyone some talent or the other. You have to appreciate the talent you get. I don't think I can create something of that level. I just have to sit back and appreciate that," said Sachin.
Sachin Tendulkar speaks at a press conference to announce the launch of brother Nitin's (right) book of poems as well as a CD of their departed father Ramesh's poems. PIC/SAMEER MARKANDE
"Like my brother said earlier... he had to leave cricket for me. I have to leave something for him."
Sachin was also asked about what it would feel like to be honoured with the Bharat Ratna award this year.
"Every Indian would like to be honoured by the country. It is the biggest dream when your contribution is appreciated."
Back to Nitin. "Since childhood, cricket and poems have been my two passions. But while Sachin turned to cricket, I chose poems," he added.