Mumbai, Jan 31: India's cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar has revealed that he was always open to advices for good and it was a waiter's suggestion that helped the former captain improve his batting technique.
Speaking after launching the 'Sachin by Spartan' range of sporting equipment and sportswear here on Monday (January 30), the batting maestro told that a waiter in Chennai pointed out his flaw which restricted his bat swing.
"If you have an open mind you can develop so many things. In Chennai it was a waiter who came up to me and said if you don't mind and don't get offended I want to tell you something. I said go ahead. He said my elbow guard restricts my bat swing. And he was 100 percent right," Tendulkar was quoted as saying, as per media reports.
"I knew I was feeling uncomfortable but I never thought of doing it myself. A few years down the line I got hit a couple of times on my elbow guard and it hurt. That's when I realised padding on elbow guard is inadequate.
"I instantly redesigned my elbow guard. I needed to re-open it and work on it. Get the fibre and cushion on either side to absorb the impact. In our country everyone from panwala to CEOs will give you advice. But one should still be open about ideas," the Master Blaster added further.
Recalling his injuries and the multiple occasions when he was asked about his retirement plans, the Little Master said,"I had lot of injuries and there were some tough times. In 2005-2006 (in) one of the press conferences I was posted a question 'so when are you going to retire?' and best years came after that, the biggest thing in my life happened after that, the 2011 World Cup."
Tendulkar has scored record over 34,000 runs in his international career, which is still a world record. He is the only batsman to score 100 international centuries, a record only other batsmen could dream to break.
The Mumbai-based cricketer was the first batsman to slam a double hundred in ODIs, against South Africa in Gwalior in 2010.