If you thought Anjali Tendulkar, the young and lovely wife of Master Blaster Sachin is lucky, then you really have no idea what it’s to be the wife of Sachin Tendulkar. “He hasn’t spent Diwali at home since we got married. But it really doesn’t matter that it’s Diwali… any time he spends at home is great!”
It’s the same patient trait coupled with great compatibility that makes Anjali Sachin’s sweetheart. Once in a BBC interview when asked about his dream women, Sachin answered ‘my wife’ without batting an eyelid. Anjali’s ability to juggle her career – she is a practising paediatrician working at the JJ Hospital in Mumbai; her family – two children and a high profile husband is what makes her the ideal woman for the Little Master.
Incidentally, Anjali can never enjoy a game of cricket like most of us do. “I become nervous when he bats. So I prefer watching recordings of his match.” Believe it or not, there are several hardships being a celebrity wife. She had to wait almost till evening to wish Sachin on his 30th birthday. “We can only call up the Trinidad Hilton hotel where Sachin is staying in the evening, as by that time Sachin would be awake, to wish him his 30th birthday”.
Daughter of industrialist Ashok Mehta and his British wife, Anjali is four years elder to Sachin. But the age difference did not deter Sachin from proposing to her. The two met through common friends and before they knew it, they decided to tie the knot.
“Anjali manages everything in the house and I am really lucky to have her as a life partner, because when I go on the cricket ground I don’t have to think of anything else because I know she would handle everything to perfection,” Sachin said in an interview.
Even though Sachin hates to talk about his family, he never fails to give them their due. Once after a tremendous felicitation in Mumbai’s Wankhade Stadium, Sachin sheepishly returned to the dias on realizing that he forgotten to mention his wife.
“We`ve shared so many things together, which nobody else knows about but which are so important to me. I feel ashamed to have omitted her name and have come back to thank her because I`d like to go back home today!”
The couple is such sticklers to privacy and prefers being so low-key that so far no journalist has ever succeeded in doing an interview of his wife about their marriage. It is rumoured that he even refused to appear on the Simi Garewal show in which several personalities discussed their relationships and marriage
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