Bangladesh's Masrafe Bin Mortaza (L) congratulates Sachin Tendulkar after he scored his 100th century during their One Day International (ODI) in Dhaka. Reuters
Sachin Tendulkar's humane qualities sets him apart from the rest, says his mother-in-law who feels lucky that her daughter got married to the iconic Indian cricketer.
"Sachin is a champion on and off the field. He is a great human being. He not only thinks about himself but wants to help others also," Tendulkar's mother-in-law Annabel Mehta told PTI.
Tendulkar married Anjali in 1995. He sponsors 200 underprivileged children every year through a Mumbai-based NGO which his mother-in-law promotes. Mehta said despite his busy schedule, Tendulkar is always there to help the NGO whenever it is needed.
"He wanted to do something for kids in the memory of his late father who was a teacher. His association with Apanalaya started then and he is a pillar of support for us till date," she said.
"He is supporting the cause financially and through the auction of his cricket memorabilia. Whenever we need him, he is there to help us," she added.
Mehta considers herself lucky to have Tendulkar as son-in-law not only for his cricketing achievements but also for being the person that he is.
"I am very lucky that Anjali got married to him. He has achieved many milestones in cricket but I have seen the hard work and dedication behind it," said Mehta.
When asked about if she has had a word with Tendulkar after his 100th century, she said that the family is waiting for his return from Bangladesh.
"I have not spoken to him. Usually, I don't speak to him when he is playing. We will celebrate once he comes back. All my love and blessings are for him," she said.