Mumbai: Club cricket, like the Indian Premier League, will never take the place of cricket played at the national level, but make no mistake, "it is a brilliant platform", says the world's most prolific batsmen in answer to an NDTV.com surfer, O Pandey's question to him.
Mr Pandey had asked if Sachin thought club cricket was overshadowing national cricket these days. Sachin, said at a NDTV Coca Cola Support My School Campaign event, "Club cricket can never take country cricket's place but it's a brilliant platform. Cricket is the only sport which has three formats - T20 cricket gives the opportunity to new players to showcase their talent. More importantly, it gives a chance to first class players who may have worked hard for years but never made it to the national team. It helps them earn money which is important because they sacrificed many of their years to fulfill their dreams to play for India.
Another surfer Ankita Mali asked Sachin how he planned to keep pressure off his 12-year-old son Arjun, a budding cricketer, especially now that he had already scored his maiden hundred. Sachin answered, "I am happy, I am glad that he is beginning to enjoy the sport.