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Learning the Game – Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar is one of India’s cricketers. In this autobiography, Sachin opens his mind to his world of cricket. From his early childhood he had a passionate love for cricket.

Questions and Answers

  1. Name two of Sachin’s favorite cricketers whom he tried to emulate/copy in his life?
    Sunil Gavaskar and Viv Richards were two of Sachin’s favorite cricketers whose mannerisms he was eager to copy in his life.
  2. Mention a common link between Ramkant Achrekar and Sachin Tendulkar.
    Both, Ramkanth Achrekar and Sachin began playing cricket at the age of eleven.
  3. Why did Achrekar advise Sachin to return for training after a while?
    When Sachin performed in front of the famous coach Achrekar, that too in front of several aspirants to cricket, first time batting in the nets, he felt nervous and performed badly. Seeing this and Sachin’s young age, Achrekar advised him to start his training after he grew up.
  4. How was Ajit Tendulkar play a pivotal role in bringing up Sachin?
    Ajit Tendilkar, Sachin’s elder brother, introduced eleven-year-old Sachin to cricket in 1984. He introduced the young Sachin to Ramakant Achrekar, a famous cricket coach and a club cricketer, at Shivaji Park, Mumbai. In the first meeting, the young Sachin did not play his best. Ajit told Achrekar that he was feeling self-conscious and nerveous due to the coach observing him, and was not displaying his natural skills. Ajit requested the coach to give him another chance at playing, but watch while hiding. This time Sachin played much better and was accepted at Achrekar’s academy. Besides this, Ajit was very helpful even with Sachin’s practice at Shivaji Park. He used to accompany Sachin to get him used to the practice timing and journeys far away from home. Thus, Ajit Tendulkar, Sachin’s great brother, was a pivotal force in the cricketer’s rise.
  5. “It served as a very personal coaching manual.” What does Sachin recall to his mind?
    During the practice days at Shivaji Park, Sachin’s elder brother Ajit gave him a notebook that contained some very good thoughts about batting. For Sachin, this note was very important during those days. For this reason, Sachin kept that note with him all his career.
  6. Sachin Tendulkar is not a man born with silver spoons in his mouth. What makes us think so?
    Cricket and cricket lovers especially in India consider Sachin Tendulkar as a legend but it is hard to believe that his rising was from a very ordinary family. It was a keen passion for cricket that Sachin soured to the sky to shine among the stars. As a child, Sachin had to overcome many an obstacle to become a cricketer.

Questions For You

You can answer the following questions in the comments box below:

  1. There is a Sun to brighten every moon. How far was Ramkant Achrekar the sun that brightened Sachin Tendulkar?
  2. Cite instances from the passage that show Sachin’s love for cricket even from a very early age.

Now, Proceed to your Test. Click ‘Let’s Play.’

  • Question of

    Name Sachin Tendulkar’s early school.

    • Shardashram Vidhyamandir
    • New English School, Mumbai
    • New English School, Kolkata
  • Question of

    Who is Sachin’s brother?

    • Ramakant
    • Ajit
    • Arun
  • Question of

    Ramakant Achrekar was a cricket coach at:

    • New English School, Mumbai
    • New English School, Delhi
    • Shardashram Vidhyamandir
  • Question of

    Both Sachin and Ramakant Achrekar started playing cricket:

    • At 11 years
    • At 12 years
    • At 13 years
  • Question of

    What was NOT a reason for Sachin’s poor performance in front of Ramakant Achrekar?

    • Sachin had never batted in the nets before
    • He felt somewhat overawed with so many people around
    • When he was asked to bat, Sachin was not at all comfortable
    • Sachin did not have a good bat 
    • Mr Achrekar was watching him closely
  • Question of

    Ramakant Achrekar advised Ajith Tendulkar to:

    • Start Sachin’s training as soon as possible
    • Train him in something else
    • Bring Sachin to him when he grew up a little more

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