'Once a student of this game, a student for rest of your life. That's what I try and tell him.'
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar says he followed his father's advice of not taking shortcuts in his journey and has passed on the same message to his son Arjun, who is a budding left-arm pacer.
Arjun Tendulkar played in the recently-concluded T20 Mumbai League and did well with both ball and bat.
He was picked up by the Aakash Tigers Mumbai Western Suburb for the T20 Mumbai League for Rs 5 lakh and also played in the semi-finals on Saturday, at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Asked if he advises his son on how to handle pressure, Tendulkar said, "He is passionate and I have not forced him for anything. I never forced him to play cricket. He earlier used to play football, then he developed interest in chess and now he is playing cricket."
"I told him whatever you do in life, don't take a shortcut, which my father (Ramesh Tendulkar) told me, and I tell him exactly the same thing...you will need to work hard and then it is up to you how you fare," he said.
To another query, the Master Blaster said like other parents, he also expects his son to perform well.
"He needs to do what he and his team want to do. It (T20 Mumbai League) is a very good platform and the ups and downs provide a real life experience. It is important to learn and develop, its a process," he said.
"Once a student of this game, a student for rest of your life. That's what I try and tell him. Results will be in God's hand, but to make an effort is in our hands," he added.
In the past, Arjun has bowled to the Indian team in the nets, during the Champions Trophy in England in 2017 and before the T20 International vs Sri Lanka in December 2017.