Sachin Tendulkar talks about anxiety, says, “acceptability is the key”

Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar said that he confronted anxiety for a major part of his 24-year-old career noticing that his pre-match notion was an important part of the preparation for the game.

On Sunday, May 16, former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar said that he confronted anxiety for a major part of his 24-year-old career noticing that his pre-match notion was an important part of the preparation for the game.

In the COVID-19 times when players spending a lot of time in quarantine, he talked about mental health. He said acceptability is the key. Sachin Tendulkar said in an interaction organized by Unacademy, “Over a period of time I realized that besides preparing physically for a game, you have to prepare yourself mentally also. In my mind, the match started long before I entered the ground. The anxiety levels were very high.”

“I felt the anxiety for 10-12 years, had many sleepless nights before a game. Later on, I started accepting that it was part of my preparation. Then I made peace with times I was not able to sleep in the night. I would start doing something to keep my mind comfortable.”

He revealed about his pre-match routine like he used to make tea and iron his clothes and ready for the game. He said, “Making tea, ironing my clothes also helped me prepare for the game. I would pack my bag the day before the game, my brother taught me all of it and it became a habit. I followed the same drill even in the last match I played for India.”

“When there is an injury, physios and doctors examine you and diagnose what is wrong with you. The same is the case with mental health. It is normal for anyone to go through ups and downs and when you hit those lows you need people around.

“Acceptability is the key here. Not just for the player, for people around him also. Once you have accepted you start looking for solutions.

Tendulkar also praised the tireless work of frontline workers who have been working since the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

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