Sachin calls me Ma, and may I say I am indeed delighted he does so. He is a gem of a person and what I like about him the most is that he is soft-spoken, humble and dignified at all times. Never have I seen him raise his voice or lose his cool—and that in itself, I believe, is a great quality to have in a human being. My cricket-watching—I must confess I understand very little of the game—is largely guided by whether Sachin is playing or not. I often switch off the television when Sachin gets out. He is for me the embodiment of all that is good about the game of cricket and its spirit—discipline, morality and gentlemanliness.
Sachin has often told me he likes listening to my songs during tours and that they inspire him on occasion. I am absolutely delighted he feels that way. If my music can inspire him to achieve further greatness for India, I’d only feel privileged.
I often feel Sachin was born to play sport. He has played cricket at the...