Sachin Tendulkar gets emotional with open letter on Instagram: It's ok for men to cry

Updated: 21 November, 2019 11:33 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

This message is from Sachin on the occasion of International Men's week and the week in which he retired from Cricket (6 years ago)

A part of the post Sachin shared on Instagram
A part of the post Sachin shared on Instagram

For the first time in his career, Sachin Tendulkar has gone all out and written an open letter to all the young boys and men. This message is from Sachin on the occasion of International Men’s week and the week in which he retired from Cricket (6 years ago). The letter is an emotional note from Sachin Tendulkar to all men , that its okay for Men to Cry. It’s a message that showing our emotions only makes us #ManEnough.

Here is the entire post in a text that Sachin Tendulkar shared on Instagram:

To the men of today, and tomorrow.

You’ll soon be fathers and husbands. Brothers and friends. Mentors and teachers. You’re going to lead by example. You’re going to be courageous and strong. Brave and resilient.

And you will also face fear, doubts and experience great tribulations. Undoubtedly, there will be times when you fail, and you will feel like crying and letting it all out.

But sure enough, you’ll hold back the tears and pretend to be tough. Because that’s what men do.

Because that’s what we are brought up to believe - that men are not supposed to cry. That crying makes a man weak.

I grew up believing this. And the reason I’m writing to you today, is because I realized that I was wrong. My struggles and my pain made me who I am, shaping me into a better man.

16/11/2013. I still remember that day on the field. I had thought about it for a long time but nothing could prepare me for that last walk back to the pavilion.

With each step it started sinking in. I felt a lump in my throat, the fear of it all ending.

There was so much going through my head in that moment. I just couldn’t keep it in. And I didn’t fight it.

I let go in front of the world, and surprisingly, I felt a certain peace.

I felt stronger for putting myself out there and grateful for everything that I had received. I realized I was man enough.

There’s no shame in showing your tears. So why hide a part of you that actually makes you stronger?

Why hide your tears?

It takes a lot of courage to show your pain and your vulnerability. But just as sure as the morning, you’ll emerge from it tougher and better. So I encourage you to move past these stereotypes and notions of what men can or cannot do. Whoever you are, wherever you are, I wish you this courage.


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To the Men of Today, and Tomorrow! #shavingstereotypes

A post shared by Sachin Tendulkar (@sachintendulkar) onNov 20, 2019 at 3:02am PST

Tendulkar retired from all forms of cricket on November 16, 2013. Sachin scored 74 runs in his final international match against West Indies on his home ground at Wankhede stadium. Tendulkar ended a glorious cricket career

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First Published: 21 November, 2019 08:49 IST

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