Sat, 14 Nov 2009 16:22:20 GMT

Anjali Tendulkar: I don't eat when Sachin is batting!

New Delhi: For all the fame he achieved even before the start of his international career, Sachin Tendulkar's wife Anjali couldn't recognise him when they first met in 1990 and she says the batting maestro perhaps fell for her lack of cricket knowledge.

Anjali Tendulkar: I don't eat when Sachin is batting!

"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!" Anjali who married Tendulkar in 1995 said.

"I was there to pick up my mother and Sachin was arriving with the Indian team. That's where we saw each other for the first time... we had a courtship of five years and got married in 1995.

An interesting nugget about the price that master batsman Sachin Tendulkar has paid for being a national icon has been revealed by his wife Anjali, who is a doctor.

Anjali recalled how Tendulkar, who completes 20 years of international cricket on the 15th of November 2009 had to come in disguise to watch a movie during their courtship but the plan went haywire very soon and the couple had to leave the hall midway through the film.

"We had gone to see the movie Roja. I was studying medicine then and a couple of my friends planned. Sachin did try telling me that it would be difficult but I insisted that he come along. To make sure nobody recognised him we even got him a beard.

"He wore specs as well and we went in late. We watched the first half of the film. But during the interval, Sachin dropped his specs and people immediately recognised him. It was a bit of disaster and we were forced to leave halfway," she said in a published interview.

Ignorant about cricket when she first started dating Tendulkar, Anjali said she read up everything about the game soon after but the man himself didn't like discussing the sport at home.

"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," Anjali said.

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