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Sachin Tendulkar feels India is one of the best fielding sides in the world

Sachin Tendulkar
Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar gestures as he attends a programme to promote a full marathon, in Kolkata. (Photo by DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Arguably the greatest ever batsmen to have graced the game of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar lauded the current Indian team for their exceptional fielding skills and conceded that the current crop is one of the best fielding sides in the world at the moment. Speaking about the rigorous fitness regime which the current crop goes through to attain supreme fitness, the batting maestro said that it was a sheer joy to watch the current Indian team field.

“I think we have possibly one of the best fielding sides in the world. It is a joy to watch all these guys fielding the way they do. Even when fielding they are extremely aggressive and attacking,” Tendulkar was quoted as saying by the India Today said ahead of the Kolkata Full Marathon. The batting legend is the face of the event.

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“Our fitness routine was slightly different. There was less awareness. More and more things were discovered with time and eventually those things added more value to fitness,” Tendulkar added. The Maestro also pointed out that to be a good fielder, it is important to synchronise the mind and the brain to achieve the desired result. “It is one thing to be mentally attacking but the fact that you also make your body go to that dimension where your mind goes and that is only possible when you are fit, when you practice.

“Nothing happens without practice. The team has to be practising hard and also conscious of their fitness,” he said. The face of the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Kolkata Full Marathon, Tendulkar revealed that he readily accepted the offer by the organisers as he is always in favour of any activities that promotes outdoor activity and involves fitness.

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“I am really supportive as far as any outdoor activity is concerned. Today’s generation gets access to various things sitting in one spot. Video games, computers, internet lots of things that keep them engaged. People also need to go out and play some sport or do some outdoor activities. It has a positive impact on their health,” he said.

Tendulkar also emphasised on the fact that maintaining a healthy fitness regime is not for the looks but for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. When I was growing up my grandma told me, your health is your wealth. That is the same message I want to share with our entire nation. Stay healthy and adopt a different lifestyle. We sometimes prefer to sit at a place and watch others play. We should all participate. Fitness is not just from outside it is about how you feel from within.It is not for the looks it is for a quality lifestyle,” he added.

Sachin Tendulkar was one of the fittest cricketers during his playing days and a successful career spanning 24 years is the best example to prove his credentials. Former Aussie captain Ricky Ponting had mentioned during an interview that he would perhaps bat on a wheelchair if he had played 24 years.

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