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Often regarded as the God of cricket in our nation, the greatest batsman in history needs no introduction as he lives in the heart of every Indian. It is not a mystery that how hard Sachin Tendulkar had worked to earn this status but what's unknown are the sacrifices that his wife, Anjali Tendulkar had made to help him focus on his game while she had taken care of the family. Let’s start from the beginning when a 17-year-old Sachin had seen Anjali at the Mumbai airport and it was where the Cupid had struck them. Sachin being a shy guy, it was Anjali who had somehow managed to get his phone number and that’s how their story of the greatest and unbreakable partnership had begun! (Also Read: Unseen Picture Of Abhishek Bachchan And Aishwarya Rai Creating Lifetime Memory A Day Before Wedding)
After dating for five years, on May 24, 1995, Sachin Tendulkar and Anjali Tendulkar had tied the knot and in their happily ever after journey, the couple was blessed with two kids, Sara Tendulkar and Arjun Tendulkar. To give a little background of Anjali, she is a gold medal-winning doctor, who had put her own career on hold for her husband to concentrate on cricket. A doctor by profession, Anjali had to bury her ambitions for the welfare of her family and let her man focus on his game, is what we call selfless love!
To mark Anjali Tendulkar’s birthday on November 10, 2020, Sara Tendulkar posted a stunning picture with her ‘world’. In the picture, Anjali and Sara can be seen twinning in black as they had posed for the camera and the latter wrote, “Happy birthday to my world” atop it with “I love you so, so hard, like the most ever” sticker. But what caught our attention is the uncanny resemblance that the mother-daughter duo shares. Sara looked like a mini-version of Anjali, who herself didn’t look 53-year-old!
May 26, 2020, had marked to be Sachin Tendulkar and Anjali Tendulkar’s 25th anniversary. Sachin and Anjali had hit quarter-century in their married life and to celebrate 25 years of their journey as husband and wife, the former had planned something special for his family. Sachin had donned the chef’s hat and surprised his wife and kids by making mango kulfi to mark his 25th anniversary with Anjali. Sharing the recipe as an IGTV on Instagram, Sachin had captioned his anniversary special video as “A (mango emoji) Surprise for our Wedding Anniversary. Made this Mango Kulfi as a surprise for everyone at home on our 25th wedding anniversary.” (Also Read: Virat Kohli Opting For Paternity Leaves Compared By Fans To MS Dhoni's Decision To Miss Ziva's Birth)
During his farewell speech at the Wankhede Stadium in 2013, an emotional Sachin Tendulkar had stated, “I know Anjali being a doctor, there was a wonderful career in front of her. When we decided to have a family, Anjali decided to step back and say ‘you continue with your cricket and I’ll take responsibility of the family’. Without that, I don’t think I would have been able to play cricket freely and without any stress. Thanks for bearing with all my fuss and frustrations and all sorts of rubbish I’ve spoken. You’re the best partnership I’ve had in my life.”
In a 2009 interview with The Times of India, when Anjali Tendulkar was asked what comes first in Sachin Tendulkar’s life - cricket, wife or family; she had retorted, “I think it was cricket first but now things have changed, which I feel is a natural progression. So now, it is both cricket and family.” Elaborating on her life as Mrs Tendulkar and revealing how she copes up with the pressures, Anjali had said, “For me, it's very easy because I've known Sachin for 19 years now. I understand him so well. So whether I am his girlfriend or his wife, it's the same thing, just an extension of that bond. I don't find it very difficult and I'm used to it. Maybe, it's also because I've not known any other person in my life except Sachin. Of course, there are many challenges and difficulties to being his wife but the whole family, including my children, has learnt to deal with it.” (Also Read: Maanayata Dutt Posts A Note On Being Brave As She Stuns In Blue Dress, Trishala Dutt Drops A Comment)
Here's wishing a belated happy birthday to Anjali!