Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said he was not too comfortable with the idea of having a computer in the dressing room but came to accept the device after realising how important an aid it was to plan and strategise better.
“I had already played for India for 12-13 years. This was in 2002-03, when computer was brought to our dressing room. We were told that computer is going to store all the data and you will have access to whatever you want to see. I asked what the computer is doing in the dressing room?” he recollected at an event in Mumbai.
“Computer is not going to bat for me; it is 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. If I wanted to see how I batted in Australia in 1999, in year 2007, it was available in five seconds.
“If I wanted to see all the straight drives, if I wanted to see all the balls I had left outside the off-stump, it was available. Then I accepted it,” he added.
“Things have become different. It has helped us plan better against the opposition, whatever their weaknesses or strengths are, it has helped us. It is just about exposure and with time you learn to accept all these things. It has become a way of life for us,” he said.
The 40-year-old advised children to persist with their dreams and not give up.
“Something you have got to remember in life, whatever you want to be in life, the journey is never going to be smooth all the time. There are going to be rough patches along the way but then you prepare yourself in such a manner that if any obstacle comes in your way, you are following the right path always.
“If you are on the right path, nothing can stop you. All you need to have self belief and determination and things will change. You can’t be stopped at a red signal forever. Wait for your opportunity and don’t give up,” he said.