Anjali thinks it's difficult being Sachin Tendulkar's wife
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The elegant Anjali, who's usually elusive opened her heart out in an interview to a leading news agency a few years back, where she talked about her husband, her marriage and what madeher quit the profession she loved the most. Here are some excerpts from the same:
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When asked about the price Sachin had to pay for being a national icon, Anjali recalled a funny incident in a published interview, " We had gone to see the movie Roja. I was studying medicine then and a couple of my friends planned. Sachin did try telling me that it would be difficult but I insisted that he come along. To make sure nobody recognised him, we even got him a beard. He wore specs as well and we went in late. We watched the first half of the film, but during the interval, Sachin dropped his specs and people immediately recognised him. It was a bit of disaster and we were forced to leave halfway," claimed Anjali.
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According to Anjali, she was almost ignorant about cricket when she first started dating Tendulkar and had to read up everything about the game. "I think what he liked about me was that I knew nothing about cricket when I first met him. But then, me being me, I read everything about the game. I came to know all the fielding positions but he doesn't like me discussing cricket at home. But at times when he is low or upset, I do talk to him about cricket. Again, it's not the game but things related to it that we discuss," said Anjali.
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Anjali also had to give up her promising medical career to be Tendulkar's "biggest support" but she doesn't quite regret her decision. "Though I loved every moment of my studying days and my days at the government hospital, it then came to a stage when I realised that I could not be married to Sachin and also have a full-time career. It wasn't possible because he depends on me for almost everything. It was my decision. I thought I should be at home with him and make everything perfect for him," she added.
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When quizzed about how she deals with her husband's stardom, Anjali claimed, "For me, it's very easy because I've known Sachin for 19 years now. I understand him so well. So whether I am his girlfriend or his wife, it's the same thing, just an extension of that bond. I don't find it very difficult and I'm used to it. Maybe, it's also because I've not known any other person in my life except Sachin. Of course, there are many challenges and difficulties to being his wife but the whole family, including my children, have learnt to deal with it," she concluded.