“I hate losing and cricket being my first love, once I enter the ground it’s a different zone altogether and that hunger for winning is always there.”
“Beating Pakistan is always special because they are a tough team and we have a bit of a history regarding Pakistan.”
“I never played with a runner in my entire life, even in schools, because only I know where the ball is going and how hard, when I hit the ball, something my runner will never know about.”
“I don’t know how they can figure out what’s going on in my mind when sometimes I myself can’t figure that out,” Sachin said about journalists in October 2008.
“It hasn’t yet sunk in yet but I’ve definitely lost around 50 kilos,” Sachin said after reaching his 100th international ton in March 2012.
“Sometimes I need to look at the scoreboard to figure out whether I’m batting hundred-plus or whether I am on zero,” Sachin said in 2008 as he struggled to distinguish between his standing ovations for entering the pitch and then for getting his half-century and century
“I really like Iceland. One of the nicest things about it is that I hardly ever had to reach for my credit card. There’s practically nothing there to go shopping for,” Sachin said in October 2013 as his idea of a holiday does not include souvenir-hunting.
“Any active sportsman has to be very focused; you’ve got to be in the right frame of mind. If your energy is diverted in various directions, you do not achieve the results. I need to know when to switch on and switch off: and the rest of the things happen around that. Cricket is in the foreground, the rest is in the background.”
“Success is a process… during that journey sometimes there are stones thrown at you, and you convert them into milestones,” said Sachin after surpassing Brian Lara’s run tally in Tests.
“I get 0.5 seconds to react to a ball, sometimes even less than that. I can’t be thinking of what XYZ has said about me. I need to surrender myself to my natural instincts. My subconscious mind knows exactly what to do. It is trained to react. At home, my family doesn’t discuss media coverage.”