KOCHI: A year after his retirement from international cricket, Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday established that he still commands an unwavering loyalty from his fans.
The proof manifested itself when the master blaster walked into the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium here on Thursday, during the lime-break of the match between his Indian Super League team Kerala Blasters FC and FC Goa.
Dressed in a yellow Blasters jersey, he came to the ground along with his wife Anjali, while the crowd erupted into a thunderous applause.
He then handed over a copy of his autobiography, ‘Playing it My Way’, which was officially released in Mumbai on Wednesday, to IMG Reliance chairperson Nita Ambani.
Looking at the crowd, Sachin said, “It is fantastic that football is picking up in India and the whole atmosphere in the stadium is wonderful.”
“The aim of ISL is to take football in the country to where it belongs and provide world class facilities to youngsters in the game. It is an overwhelming feeling to see the stadium like this, literally painted in yellow. I am sure along with me the team is also excited to have such a crowd support,” he added.
Meanwhile, Nita said, “Well, Sachin I wish you all the success off the field that you enjoyed on field. I will look forward to reading the book to know the early years of the greatest sporting icon of India,” Nita said after receiving the book.
After a small brief photo session with Kerala Blasters mascot, ‘Keshu’ he retreated back to the gallery, winning the hearts of thousands.