If you had to pick a date, and this is merely an approximation, you could start with November 15, 1989. That was the day Sachin Tendulkar became an Indian cricketer, something he remains to this day. That was the day when a 16-year-old was so completely consumed by one game that he had to drop everything else in his life and focus singlemindedly on the pursuit of excellence. There are enough indications that Tendulkar was anyway so inclined.
Asked what advice he had for youngsters who were interested in the game, Tendulkar was quick to point out that if "you fall madly in love with cricket, the rest follows." There was little doubt that Tendulkar was obsessed with the game from an early age. "Because you love cricket, love batting, you don't look at your watch at the end of a practice session - you stay at the crease till you get the job done," explained Tendulkar. "You don't count the number of hours put in and think about the hard work. It has happened in my case that coach had to tell me enough, you have to go home, because it was so dark we could barely see each other, forget about seeing the ball."
While Tendulkar's obsession with practice is well known, and endures to this day, there's the widespread belief that he's a one-sport man. Despite the many photo opportunities with legends from other sport - with Roger Federer at Wimbledon or Michael Schumacher in the Ferrari paddock - most people think Tendulkar has no time for other sport.