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Sachin recalls writing letters to wife Anjali

Sachin Tendulkar

Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar today recalled writing letters to wife Anjali in the pre-mobile era
Sachin in Chennai

Chennai: Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar today recalled writing letters to wife Anjali in the pre-mobile era and found her handwriting “beautiful,” which anyone would “watch and admire”.

But writing letters to his wife needed some effort from the former batsman.

“Hitting a cricket ball came naturally to me. But, while writing letters to Anjali, I have to doubly check what I was writing,” he said with a sheepish grin.

“.. in those days when there were no mobiles and the only mode of communication was through landlines or writing letters, I started writing letters. I started with my parents and later wrote some letters to (wife) Anjali,” Tendulkar said during a handwriting promotional event for here.

Recalling how his parents would sit next to him and taught him to hold a pen and write, he said: “Later when I was away from family, I started writing to my parents and later to my wife.”

While doctors’ handwriting was usually not clear as one would expect, his wife Anjali, who is a doctor by profession, was an exception, the 40-year-old said.

“But my wife, I think, is an exception because she has got a beautiful handwriting, which anyone would watch and admire.”

Coming from a family of writers — father and brother were writers — he grew up seeing his father with hundreds of pens, said the youngest Bharat Ratna awardee, dressed in pink collared tee, denims and black shoes.

To a query on who among his cricket colleagues had the best of handwriting, he said, “I think Anil (Kumble) writes quite clearly. Subroto Banerjee is quite skilful.”

And who had the worst, pat came the answer, “you generally tend to notice only the good things na?”.

PTI

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