Most love stories end at the airport but Sachin Tendulkar and his wife, Anjali Mehta’s began there! The wonder boy of cricket, fell head over heels in love with Anjali but unlike most stories, she was the one to make the first move.
In a report by DNA, Anjali disclosed their adorable love story. Sachin was returning from his first international cricket tour in 1990 and Anjali was there to pick up her mother. ‘My friend told me he is the wonder boy of Indian cricket. I told my friend, Oh! he is so cute. Then I ran after him and I forgot about my mother,’ she said about their first encounter.
Sachin, who was barely 17, was so embarrassed by the gesture that he didn’t even look at her.
She managed to get his number and called him up immediately. ‘I called him and said I am Anjali and I saw you at the airport. He said he remembers me. When asked what colour I was wearing, he remembered that it was an orange colour T-shirt.’ she recalls.
Anjali was a medical student when they first met, she had no interest in the game. Sachin, on the other hand, was completely focused on his career.
It wasn’t easy for them to be in touch with each other. Call rates were high and Sachin was mostly on tours. They had no other option but to write letters to each other.
She recalls her first visit to Sachin’s house. She posed as a journalist. ‘He was a bit hesitant, he said how can a girl come to my house,’ she added. Things didn’t go down really well as Sachin’s sister-in-law saw him giving chocolates to Anjali. She asked Sachin whether Anjali was really a journalist or something else.
The couple had been dating for quite some time when they decided to tie a knot. But mentioning this to his parents was a difficult task for Sachin. So naturally, Anjali had to talk to the parents on his behalf. Tendulkar says ‘That is how I had planned it. I was sitting in New Zealand happily and Anjali did it.
They tied the knot on May 24, 1995, in a beautiful ceremony. Married for 22 years now, the couple are proud parents to two children Sara and Arjun Tendulkar.
Throughout their journey of togetherness, the couple has stood by each other through thick and thin. Anjali was a big support for Sachin when he thought he couldn’t do any better on the field. She is truly his better half!