There are very few accolades in the world of cricket that Sachin Tendulkar does not hold. Ever since he graced the international stage 27 years ago, Sachin has done wonders for the game. Making an entire country believe that they could be world beaters is no mean feat. He inspired lakhs of Indians to take up sport, to believe in their ability, to dream and to persevere hard to achieve whatever they want to in life.
And now after his retirement he is taking up the mantle of popularising women’s cricket. In a country where tons of people still don’t deem woman fit to do anything except houshehold chores, you need such heroes to help the masses realise that women can do everything that a man can!
On occasion of the International Women’s Day, ICC announced Sachin Tendulkar as the official ambassador of Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017!
“Women’s participation in any sport is really important. I think that it has always been women for sport and sport for women. Thus, here I am, to extend all my support to them and advice them to enjoy the competitiveness,” Tendulkar said.
“All the teams participating in the tournaments are competitive, but my heart is with India,” quipped the legend, when asked about which teams can make it big in the world event. “There are in fact a couple of players which I know and have interacted with in the past- Jhulan Goswami, Mithali Raj, who are expected to get the best out of the game.”
The ICC Women’s World Cup kick starts on June 24, and it is being held in England and Wales. The top 8 countries will be competing in this 21 day event, with the final being held at Lord’s.
We’ll have to wait and see what Sachin does as the ambassador of the Women’s World Cup, but it would be safe to say that whatever he does, he is sure to inspire bucketloads of people all around the world to give women’s cricket a fair chance.