Mumbai: Batting icon Sachin Tendulkar always yearned for a compliment from his beloved coach Ramakant Achrekar and it came on the day when he put an end to his 24-year-old illustrious career. (Highlights from press conference)
Tendulkar said he received a call from his childhood coach on Saturday, congratulating him for the Bharat Ratna award.
"Sir till now had never told me well played. The reason was that sir didn't want me to get complacent. Sir told me that this game is bigger than any cricketer and always respect it. I always respected it. Whenever we scored a lot of runs, we used to hope that now sir will tell us well played. But it never happened," Tendulkar told reporters here. (Sachin is a Viswa Ratna, says Gavaskar)