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Le­gendary crick­eter Sachin Ten­dulkar re­vealed at an event in Mum­bai that he started pre­par­ing him­self for the 2011 World Cup two years prior in terms of fit­ness. The mas­ter blaster is the face of IDBI Fed­eral Life In­sur­ance half marathon and he de­scribed how stay­ing fit in the lat­ter part of his ca­reer kept him go­ing to lift the World Cup.

Sachin holds the en­vi­able record of be­ing the only player to score 100 cen­turies in the game of cricket but apart from his skill with the bat and ball, he had given greater at­ten­tion to his fit­ness. “When­ever I pushed my­self phys­i­cally, I al­ways no­ticed I did bet­ter,” he said.

While dis­cussing his most ex­cru­ci­at­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, the 44-year-old rec­ol­lected the 1997-98 Shar­jah tri-se­ries.

“We had to play two games within the span of 48 hours. It was the month of April and the con­di­tions were not so favourable. The scorch­ing heat pierces through your shoes and trou­bles you. On top of it, we were fac­ing the un­stop­pable Aus­tralian squad. This is one ex­pe­ri­ence that will al­ways stay with me,” re­called Sachin.

Sachin Ten­dulkar

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