I have been madly in love with cricket, says Tendulkar

 Sachin Tendulkar feels that being "madly in love" with cricket has helped him stay at the top for more than two decades.

Asked how elite sportspersons guard themselves from various aspects like pressure and injuries, Tendulkar said ,"I can answer from a cricketer's point of view. You have got to be madly in love with cricket. Before you lay a foundation on the cricket field, there should be a solid foundation in your heart and you start building on that."

"After that as you start playing more and more matches, you learn how to score runs and how to take wickets," Tendulkar said in an interview to ESPN's 'Sportscentre' programme.
The champion batsman also clarified that it was the need to spend "quality time" with his children that made him opt out of the limited overs series in Sri Lanka.

"I requested BCCI that I wanted to spend time with my family. This is the time for school holidays. If I had decided to go to Sri Lanka, I would have started my preparation by now. But I wanted to spend some quality time with my children since after this I would be playing continuously for next 10 months," he said.

"Holidays are different from spending time during school days or on weekends."

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