Former Indian cricketer and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar remains a big name in the cricket world. Hailed as one of the greatest batters to have played for the Indian cricket team, represented the Indian side for 24 years.
Sachin Tendulkar signed off as the most successful batsman at the international level, having registered 100 centuries. He featured in 200 Tests, amassing 15921 runs with 51 centuries at an average of 53.78. He also played 463 ODIs, making 18426 runs with 49 centuries at an average of 44.83 and best of 200*. He also featured in one T20I and made 10 runs. Apart from his batting masterclass, Sachin also picked 201 wickets with his mix of leg-spin, off-spin, and medium-pace bowling.
During his last international game, which was a Test match versus West Indies at his home ground Wankhede Stadium, Sachin Tendulkar received a special gift from Kohli, however, soon he returned it back to the latter.
Well, recently Sachin Tendulkar recalled the occasion of his final match as an international cricketer and revealed how he received a gift from Kohli and shared why he returned Kohli’s retirement gift. It was a sacred thread given to Virat Kohli by his late father — Prem Kohli. Sachin revealed:
“I was sitting in one corner alone with a towel on my head and wiping tears and I was really emotional. And at that time, Virat had come to me and Virat gave me the sacred thread that his father had given him.”
“And I kept that for a while and then returned that to him again. I said, ‘This is priceless and this has to stay with you and no one else. This is your property. And you should have it till your last breath.’ And I gave it back to him. So that was an emotional moment, something which will be always there in my memory, forever.”
Furthermore, during the conversation, Sachin Tendulkar also revealed that he was unaware of his earnings as an Indian cricketer from the BCCI. He revealed:
“It was more about the number of runs that I scored, not how big my bank account was – didn’t matter. For me, when I started at that time in 1989 till the end of my career, I did not know how much I was getting paid to play for India, because I never looked at it that way,”