Team India's great batsman Sachin Tendulkar completed the half century of his life on Monday, April 24. The master blaster celebrated his 50th birthday on Monday and had an industrious playing career, breaking several records that he holds till now. Before his 50th birthday, he spoke in detail about various factors that revolved around his career, which also included a tennis elbow injury that troubled him in the mid-2000s. Tendulkar disclosed that the injury led to speculation about the early end of his amazing career.
Tendulkar told News 18 Cricket next in an interview, "Back in the 90s, today with the technology and multiple things happening around in the medical field, back surgery was a big one, but not kind of the end of your career." But at that stage, I was so worried that it could possibly be the end of my career if the surgery went badly. I was struggling because I had suffered so much while standing that I could not even go and touch my knees; I couldn't bend at all. If I had to sit in a chair like this, it wouldn't be longer than 2-3 minutes at a stretch. I had to keep changing my positions, which was a nightmare. "Possibly I would say."
Tendulkar further revealed how he had to take three painkillers in a day just to reduce the discomfort. He said, "I would take painkillers as if there was no tomorrow, literally three painkillers a day. Before every session, I would take one painkiller and go out to play." "I pushed my body to the limit, and then I was also advised that I should undergo major surgery."
Sachin Tendulkar is the leading run scorer in test and ODI formats. He is the only cricketer to have 100 international centuries and the first cricketer to score a double century in ODIs.