Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin TendulkarReuters

Writing letters to wife Anjali was tougher than batting on the pitch, said legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. He was speaking at a programme organized by a private company in Chennai to promote handwriting skills among school children on 26 February.

"Hitting a cricket ball came naturally to me. But, while writing letters to Anjali, I had to doubly check what I was writing," NDTV quoted the 40-year-old former batsman.

During the pre-mobile era, "the only mode of communication was through landlines or writing letters, I started writing letters. I started with my parents and later wrote some letters to (wife) Anjali," he added.

The cricketer told the gathering that he used to write letters often and also praised Anjali's handwriting.  He also revealed that among Indian cricketers, Anil Kumble owns the art of beautiful handwriting.  

When asked who had the worst handwriting among Indian cricketers, pat came the answer, "you generally tend to notice only the good things na?".

"I can't write with the right hand. I hope there is some technology that teaches us to use the right hand as well. Tendulkar is a right-handed batsman but uses his left for writing. "But, I can eat with both hands," he said, adding that children should practice handwriting.

He revealed that he was spending his retirement life happily with family and children-Sarah and Arjun as there was ample time to spend. "I also play cricket with my son Arjun at home occasionally," he said.

Comparing handwriting skills with batting skills in cricket, he said: "Once you learn them, they are there forever. to start anything in life, basics are very important."