Sal­man chose sleep over cricket

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Ac­tor Sal­man Khan (right) could have been a crick­eter, only if he could get up early in the morn­ing, says the man him­self. “My dad (writer Salim Khan) wanted me to play cricket. That could have hap­pened eas­ily but I just didn’t see my­self go­ing for prac­tice at 5.30 in the morn­ing. I thought, this life is as it is dif­fi­cult for me, cricket would have been very dif­fi­cult,” says Sal­man, who plays a wrestler in his lat­est film, Sul­tan.

The 50-year-old says he was fairly good at cricket, but the day his fa­ther came to see him, he in­ten­tion­ally gave a bad per­for­mance. “(For­mer In­dian crick­eter) Salim Du­rani was hired to be my coach. First day, he saw me play, I played very well. Sec­ond day, I did re­ally well so he called my fa­ther the third day and said your son has got a very bright fu­ture. That is the day I re­alised, my fa­ther came to see me play... so I should play re­ally badly,” says Sal­man.

Sal­man said it was tough for him to even reach school on time, for­get early morn­ing cricket prac­tice. “Reach­ing school used to be a big prob­lem it­self. At 9, I used to at­tend my first lec­ture. So I used to wake up at about 8.30am and barely man­age to reach school on time. Now be­fore school, it was this... I ac­tu­ally wanted to be a di­rec­tor,” he says.

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