Sachin – A Billion Dreams released last Friday and is doing great business ever since. For a documentary-drama, the earnings are quite impressive, as it has crossed the Rs 30 crore-mark. Sachin Tendulkar is among the richest sportspersons in the country now, but once there was a time when he did not have money to even rent a ride to get home.
Well, Sachin Tendulkar once shared a story about having no money at all, and how he had to walk all the way to his house while returning from a match. It is the time when he was playing the under-15 game. The legendary cricketer told that he was 12 when he was returning from Pune after playing a match for under-15 Mumbai team. He said he carried some money, but by the time he reached Mumbai back, he had nothing left in his pocket, and therefore, he had to walk from Dadar station with two heavy bags to all the way to Shivaji Park as he couldn’t rent a cab home. He said –
‘I was only 12 years old and was selected to play for the Mumbai under-15 team. I was excited, carried some money and we went to Poona (Pune) to play three matches and it started raining there… Because it had rained, we had nothing to do the whole day, except to go out, watch a movie and eat. Without knowing how to spend my money and how to equally pace myself and save money, I finished everything and when I came back to Mumbai by train there was not a penny in my pocket. I was carrying two big bags, we got off at Dadar station and I had to walk to Shivaji Park because I had no money.’
Sachin Tendulkar said that he was only 12 and got run out on 4. He came disappointed to the dressing room, crying as he did not get another chance to bat.
The cricketer said that he is talking about the pre-phone era, otherwise he would have called or texted his parents, and they would have either transferred the money or pick him up from the station. And therefore, there was no option for him but to walk the way home.
So much has changed since that day, isn’t it? This story of Sachin Tendulkar going from rags to riches, is definitely inspiring.