Salman chose sleep over cricket
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.