New Delhi: Sunil Gavaskar said that the youth in the country should emulate Sachin Tendulkar, who played his 200th and final Test in Mumbai, on how to pursue excellence without taking recourse to short cuts.A teary-eyed Tendulkar today brought the curtains down on his phenomenal career by giving a heart-warming speech to thank his family, coaches, teammates, friends, media and fans, in which he mentioned that his father’s advice him not to take short cuts while pursuing excellence in his field.
“It was a remarkable speech and what had impressed me most was his father’s advice to him, ‘Don’t take short cuts’. It’s something the youngsters should learn from him,” Gavaskar said.”We as a country take short cuts in almost every field, not only in sports. Hopefully, Tendulkar had shown them (the youngsters) how one can excel without taking short cuts. He showed the youngsters how the minutest details need to be taken care of to achieve excellence,” he told NDTV.
Gavaskar, however, said that India will have to wait for a year or so to find out if the current lot of talented youngsters have come of age. “Kohli has been consistent and he can be a candidate to fill in Tendulkar’s vacant number four spot. Rohit has done well in this series but this West Indies team has not tested the Indian batsmen enough. So we have to wait for another 12 months when India tours South Africa and England. After that we will be able to know whether they have become men from being boys,” he insisted.