Since retirement, Sachin Tendulkar has had a very busy and tight schedule with various sporting events, business endeavours and social functions. In a similar flashy event in Mumbai, the god of cricket launched his own sports equipment and sportswear range named ‘Sachin by Spartan' on Monday.
To underline how much of a personal touch there is to his co-creation and his own knowledge of his equipment, Sachin shared some wonderful insights at the launch event.
A Waiter’s Advice:
Did you know that a waiter of a hotel in Chennai advised Sachin that helped him overcome a batting flaw? Well, Sachin narrated the full incident at the event. This is how it goes:
“If you have an open mind you can develop so many things. In Chennai, it was a waiter who came up to me and said if you don't mind and don't get offended I want to tell you something. I said go ahead. He said my elbow guard restricts my bat swing. And he was 100 percent right.”
“I knew I was feeling uncomfortable but I never thought of doing it myself. A few years down the line I got hit a couple of times on my elbow guard and it hurt. That's when I realised padding on elbow guard is inadequate. I instantly redesigned my elbow guard. I needed to re-open it and work on it. Get the fibre and cushion on either side to absorb the impact. In our country, everyone from panwala to CEOs will give you advice. But one should still be open about ideas.”
Tricolour On The Bat In His Last Match:
“In the last match I played for India, my bat had India colours. It was my way of thanking the fans who have always stayed with me.”
Bat Speaks With Me:
“Once Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard asked me what I do by checking the sound of the bat with my finger. I told them the bat speaks with me. They tried to bowl me a fast one. They brought me four top bats and asked me to check them. I checked the sound they made with my finger, the way I normally do and told them they were ok but not great. I placed them in an order of the best to the rest for them.”
“They then gave me another bat saying it was a practice bat and asked me to check that one. I checked and told them their practice bat was actually the real bat. Both started laughing. It turned out I got the order right and picked the best bat correctly. They were just trying to test me.”
Sachin Tendulkar launched his range ‘Sachin by Spartan’ in association with Australian sporting gear and equipment company Spartan Sports International.
The range features three different collections and will be retailed in India and 12 other countries including the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
The equipments are priced between Rs 2000 and Rs 40,000. The collection will be available at multi-brand sports retail stores across the country and Spartan’s own e-commerce website. The company is also planning to launch its exclusive stores in India starting next month.
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