So what do you think Sachin Tendulkar will do after retirement? This is probably the most difficult things to guess about the star, who has spent most of his life playing the game.
Though the 40-year-old has not revealed his plans for his future, those who know him well over the years say that he could devote more time for philanthropy and also open a cricket school where he could mentor youngsters, sharing his experience and knowledge on the game.
Marcus Couto, who has known Tendulkar since his school days, said that the batting maestro could start his own cricket school in the outskirts of Mumbai. Couto, a qualified umpire of the Indian cricket board (BCCI), said: “Sachin will open a cricket school, where the admission will be first on cricket skills and then on education. Unlike normal schools where admission is based on education first and then on sports talent, Sachin’s school will be the other way round. Secondly, he will do a lot of social work, taking care of the under-privileged.”
Tendulkar’s close friend and Mumbai Ranji captain last season, Ajit Agarkar said that his guess was as good as anybody’s when it came to talking about the legend’s future.
“With the kind of experience and knowledge he has, if he is involved around the game, it will be good. I know how much difference he can make if he spends time with youngsters. He is an MP and am sure he will be involved in some capacity (in sports).”
Former Mumbai captain and selector, Milind Rege, who has seen Tendulkar grow from a schoolboy cricketer, said that he might not even be thinking about what lies ahead after the Tests against West Indies.
However, Rege added: “Among the options, he could start his own academy to mentor youngsters. That is the best thing he could really. His first priority will be his children and Arjun’s cricket.”
Mumbai’s prolific batsman of yesteryear and Tendulkar’s senior in the Ranji team, Shishir Hattangadi felt that Tendulkar might be inclined towards some kind of specific objective to guide youngsters on how to prepare mentally for a career.
Hattangadi said: “I think he will be will be focussed on making a difference. It is a niche part of teaching, something narrowed down to what he has carried out in his life with distinction. He will have to use his position as an influential person, someone who can be the Pied Piper of cricket, to be able to influence a change without controversy. When you are aiming for big things, you tend to forget small things. It is here that guys like Sachin and Rahul (Dravid) have a lot to offer.”
Hattangadi said that it is unlikely Tendulkar will get into cricket administration. “He has to cope up with vote bank. I am not sure he wants to get into that space.”
Hattangandi believes Tendulkar has many options.“He could be being an ambassador for UNICEF, spreading his knowledge on cricket across the world. Even if he does philanthropy, it has to be global because he is property of the world, not just India.
“Having said that, Sachin has a choice not to do any of these, but if he does, he will also realise that he can make a difference.”