Sachin Tendulkar Recalls Time When He Had No Money For a Cab Ride

Sachin Tendulkar recalled a time in his life when did not have money to hire a cab for a ride home.

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File photo of Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo: Reuters)

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, among the richest sportsmen in the country, recalled a time in his life when he did not have money to hire a cab for a ride home from the railway station on his return from Pune after an under-15 game.

“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,” Tendulkar said at the launch of ‘digibank’ initiative of DBS.

When I got my turn, I was out on 4, run-out. I was only 12 and could barely run at a decent pace. I was disappointed and came back to the dressing room crying and after that I did not get another chance to bat. 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.
Sachin Tendulkar

“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,” Tendulkar recalled, ruing that it was the pre-cell phone era.

“Can you imagine, if I had a phone in my hand, one SMS and my father or my mother would have transferred the amount to my phone and may be I would have travelled by cab,” said Tendulkar who celebrated his 43rd birthday on Sunday.

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