By Namrata Arora Last Updated:
Indian cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar is not just any other sportsman, but rather he is the God of cricket. People across the world admire his game style. It’s been almost 32 years when a sixteen-year-old boy was handed his maiden Test cap and that was the start of his glorious cricketing career with his first debut match against Pakistan. It was an unforgettable debut and Sachin Tendulkar was hailed as a cricket God for millions and billions of Indians.
While we all know about Sachin’s professional highs, his personal life wasn’t any different. Sachin has always been an introvert personal when it comes to discussing his 'happily ever after' with his wife, Anjali Tendulkar.
Anjali Tendulkar, who was born on November 10, 1967, is the wife of legendary cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar. Apart from being a celebrity cricketer’s wife, Anjali Tendulkar is an Indian paediatrician, a philanthropist and a gorgeous mother of two adorable kids, Sara Tendulkar and Arjun Tendulkar.
For Sachin and Anjali, it was love at first sight. They had for the first met at the Mumbai International Airport. Sachin was returning from his first international cricket tour in 1990 while Anjali was at the airport to receive her mother. They both had felt an instant connection. Later, the two had met at a common friend’s place and had gotten to know each other better. In an interview with the PTI, Anjali Tendulkar had shared that when she had first met Sachin at the airport, she had no idea, who he was. She had said:
“I first met him at the Mumbai airport when he returned from his first tour of England in 1990, after scoring his maiden Test ton. In fact, when I first saw him at the airport, I didn't even know who he was. It was purely by accident!”
When Sachin Tendulkar and Anjali Tendulkar had first met, she was practising medicine while Sachin had just begun his cricketing career. Anjali being a dedicated student was much involved in studies and was very less interested in cricket. Her knowledge about sports, and particularly cricket, was faint. Later, when they had started dating, Anjali had made all the efforts to brush up on her knowledge about cricket. In an interaction with the PTI, Anjali had stated that her lack of knowledge related to cricket had made Sachin fall in love with her. She had stated:
“I think what he liked about me was that I knew nothing about cricket when I first met him. But then, me being me, I read everything about the game. I came to know all the fielding positions but he doesn't like me discussing cricket at home. But at times when he is low or upset, I do talk to him about cricket. Again, it's not the game but things related to it that we discuss.”
Being as famous as he was right from the beginning of his career, Sachin Tendulkar could get very few instances to go out on uninterrupted dates with Anjali. While giving an interview to a local magazine, Anjali recalls an incident where the two of them had gone to see the movie, Roja along with a few common friends. They were afraid that if people recognised the ace cricketer, they would not be able to enjoy their day. So to avoid all the attention, Sachin had gone to watch the movie in disguise, wearing a false beard and specs. They had entered the movie theatre a little late, but during the interval of the film, his specs had fallen, and the cricketer had gotten surrounded by his fans. Due to all this, they had to leave the movie halfway.
Anjali Tendulkar, daughter of the well-known industrialist, Ashok Mehta, had gotten married to Sachin Tendulkar on May 24, 1995, after a five-year-long period of dating each other. Explaining how strong is their bond, Anjali Tendulkar had said in one of her interviews:
"I've not known any other person in my life except Sachin. 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."
Anjali Tendulkar is six years older than Sachin Tendulkar, but, the couple maintains that this age gap has never been a matter of concern in their relationship and instead, has made them more committed and understanding towards each other.
Anjali Tendulkar, who is 53-years-old (as of May 2021), had hopped on the journey of motherhood with the birth of her baby girl on October 12, 1997, and had named her, Sara Tendulkar. After two years, on September 24, 1999, Sachin and Anjali had become proud parents to a baby boy, Arjun Tendulkar. Anjali Tendulkar had left her career of being a successful paediatrician to live a happy married life with her husband. She had revealed that it would have been difficult for her to balance her work, kids and her husband's cricket tours, all at the same time. She also says that she has no regrets whatsoever about leaving her profession as taking care of her husband and children gives her the greatest joy. She had even said this in one of her interviews:
"I could not be married to Sachin and also have a full-time career. It wasn't possible because he depends on me for almost everything. It was my decision. With Sachin not around and me with two kids at home, it wouldn't have been possible. I took a decision and I have never, ever regretted it."
Sachin Tendulkar is considered to be one of the richest sportsmen in the world. Tendulkar, who is 48 years old (as of May 2021), has a total net worth, which is estimated to be around 200 million dollars (1500 crores in INR).
After retiring from international cricket, Sachin Tendulkar has been spending all his time at his Bandra home, a suburban neighbourhood in Mumbai. He often gives us glimpses of his sprawling mansion, where he resides with his wife, Anjali Tendulkar, daughter, Sara Tendulkar and son, Arjun Tendulkar.
It is a beautiful property and has a great history attached to it. The house was bought by the cricketer in the year 2007, and it was originally known as ‘Dorab Villa’ and was built in 1926 by a Parsi family, the Wardens. The spacious villa, which is spread over 6,000 sqft, had taken four years to be completely renovated, and the Tendulkar family had officially moved in in 2011.
Sachin has always recognised the sacrifices that Anjali has made for him and his career. He has always acknowledged her as his biggest support system. And, that is why he has always confided in her, no matter how good or bad things went. In his autobiography, Playing It My Way, Sachin had even confessed that it was Anjali, who had helped him deal with and get through the debacles that he had faced as the captain of the Indian cricket team. Sachin had written, "I confided in Anjali that I feared there was nothing more that I could do to stem the tide of defeats.” He had further added, "Anjali, as usual, managed to put things in perspective and assured me that things would surely get better in the months to come.”
There is no denying the fact that Sachin had to travel a lot all-round the year, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t give time to his lovely wifey. No doubt, there is very little time he gets to spend with his family, but our Master Blaster makes sure that he balances his personal and professional lives well. He makes it a point to make that time quality time. He celebrates all the festivals with them, takes them out on holidays, enjoys family dinners with them, and so on.
And even if he is unavailable on some special occasion, his sweet wife Anjali is very understanding. In fact, the lady had once told in an interview:
“He hasn’t spent Diwali at home since we got married. But it really doesn’t matter that it’s Diwali… any time he spends at home is great!”
The love story of Sachin and Anjali Tendulkar is surely inspiring to a lot of young couples. They set an example of a strong and committed marriage. Being the lovable and down-to-earth person Sachin is, our cricket crazy nation wishes the couple- the best, always!