“This was in 2002-03, when a computer was brought to our dressing room. We were told that the computer will store all the data and we will have access to whatever we want to see. I asked ‘what is a computer doing in the dressing room? The computer is not going to bat for me, it’s not going to bowl for Zaheer Khan or Harbhajan (Singh).’ But over a period of time, I realised that the data stored was accessible within seconds,” Tendulkar recollected while interacting with children during a promotional event organised by a life insurance company at the Goregaon Sports Club yesterday.
“If I wanted to see how I batted in Australia in 1999, in year 2007, it was available in a matter of seconds. If I wanted to see all my straight drives, the balls I had left outside the off-stump, it was all available in the computer. That’s when I accepted it,” said Tendulkar, who retired from the game after playing his 200th Test at the Wankhede Stadium earlier this month.
Tendulkar said technology has helped the team strategically. “It has helped us plan better against the opposition, to analyse their weaknesses and strengths. It’s only about exposure and I believe with time you learn to accept these things. It has become a way of life for us now,” he said.
Tendulkar stressed on the essence of planning and dreaming big. “It is important to have a big plan in life. I did not know what was going to happen in the next 25 years, but I had a plan. You’ve got to believe in what you want to be and above all you, need to realise your passion in life and then you’ve got to apply it. I was passionate about cricket and followed it. I didn’t take up anything else. All I wanted to do was go out there and try my best. It doesn’t matter who the opposition is or where you are playing or what the ground conditions are,” he added.