July 16, 2024

The lovely love story of Sachin Tendulkar and Anjali Tendulkar: From love at first sight to life partners

Anjali Tendulkar

Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar is considered the ‘God of cricket’ by his fans worldwide. Though Sachin has retired from cricket, fans always remember him for his batting exploits. While much is written about Sachin Tendulkar’s professional successes, his personal life is also something to discuss. Sachin tendulkar is married to Anjali Tendulkar, and they have two children. Let’s know more about the love story of Sachin Tendulkar and Anjali Tendulkar.

Sachin Tendulkar and Anjali Mehta first met at a reception party in Mumbai. The first sight was enough to get both of them hooked up with each other. They got married in April 1995, and Anjali’s parents had no problem accepting Sachin as their son-in-law. Their families have good bonding, evident from the pictures taken at various events.

Sachin Tendulkar also mentioned in his book that he used to follow Anjali whenever she visited her parents’ place. He informed her parents about his love marriage plan and got their approval.

Anjali Tendulkar had given up on cricket as there were no cricketers on the list of her suitors. She used to attend many parties but did not like to dance as she was left with no other option but to do so. Her brother used to push Anjali towards cricketers as he thought they were the best match for his sister.

Even Anjali Tendulkar’s friends thought that she would not go to the extent of marriage to a cricketer. But when Sachin Tendulkar proposed marriage, she readily agreed, and it was love at first sight for both of them. They fell in love while watching a movie in a theatre in Worli, Mumbai. After that, they saw each other regularly, resulting in their marriage proposal.

Sachin and Anjali are proud parents of two wonderful children – Sara, born on December 10, 1998, and Arjun, born on December 31 2001.

In 2015, Anjali Tendulkar’s father passed away. She had to deal with the loss alone as Sachin was in Australia then. He soon returned to India and supported his wife during this difficult phase.

Anjali Tendulkar also revealed on a television show that she had had arthritis. She also mentioned that she used to get a lot of support from her husband while they were going through the rough phase.

Anjali Tendulkar and Sachin Tendulkar have been the best example of love in married life and have set an example for all youngsters who wish to get married.

Who is Anjali Tendulkar?

Anjali was born on November 10, 1967. 

She is the wife of legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. 

Anjali is a Paediatrician and a Philanthropist too. 

She attended Jamnabai Narsee School up to 12th grade.

She married Sachin Tendulkar, then a budding star in cricket and the son of a legendary Cricketer, Ramesh Tendulkar, in 1989. During their engagement, the couple became victims of a terrorist attack on March 10, 1987. Terrorists attacked them near their residence and hurled bombs at their car. The attack had left Anjali with injuries to her right hand and arm were also damaged.

Anjali had just finished her MBBS from Smt. Nair Hospital Medical College and had started work as a Resident Doctor at J.J. Hospital, Mumbai, when their engagement happened. The couple returned from the airport after having attended Sachin’s grandmother’s funeral in May 1988. The terrorists, hiding nearby, threw a bomb that hit their car. The car caught fire, and it was a miracle that both came out unscathed.

The couple has two children: Sara Tendulkar and Arjun Tendulkar. While Sara is an aspiring tennis player, Arjun is a budding cricketer currently in the U-19 squad of Mumbai Indians.

Anjali Tendulkar has been involved in the cause of AIDS awareness since the 1990s. The contribution of Anjali to AIDS awareness was one of the reasons Sachin Tendulkar honoured his wife with the title ‘AIDS MOM’ in 2006. In December 2007, she provided a grant of Rs. 25,000 to build a school toilet in Harnai village in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri district. A part of the grant was given by Anjali Tendulkar directly, while the majority of it came from organisations associated with her husband and MCC (Mumbai Cricket Association).

Sachin Tendulkar-Anjali Tendulkar: Dating years

When Sachin first met Anjali Tendulkar, she was practising medicine & she did not know much about cricket. Anjali Tendulkar once said in an interview that she started getting knowledge about cricket after 4tshe started dating Sachin Tendulkar. 

When Sachin met Anjali Tendulkar for the first time, she worked as a paediatrician at Bombay Hospital. They met at a Baroda match in 1997. Anjali Tendulkar was the only Indian girl present in the Baroda dressing room until that time.

Anjali and Sachin got engaged on December 17 2006, at Mahalaxmi Racecourse Mumbai, and they got married on April 4 2007, in Mumbai at Breach Candy Cresente.

Anjali was a gold medallist doctor but sacrificed her career to raise the family.

Hailing his wife’s sacrifices for the family, Sachin Tendulkar revealed how Anjali decided to forego her career as a gold-medal-winning doctor to raise Arjun and Sara as Sachi was away for cricketing duties.

“She was a doctor, studied medicine, and did her internship in America. She came back and started practising here. After I got married, my father said I had to ask Anjali’s parents if they agreed to her taking the job. Anjali said that I should go ahead with the job because it is your family’s responsibility to support you,” Tendulkar said at a function in Mumbai last night.

Anjali, a gold medallist doctor, had given up her career to raise his children. She is also the lucky charm for her husband’s batting as he has been scoring runs after marriage.

Tendulkar’s daughter Sara is two and a half years old, while Arjun Tendulkar is seven years old.

Tendulkar said that Anjali was the braver of them all as she had the strength to put family ahead of her career and take difficult decisions. “I was very young when I got married; I had no thought or idea about anything. She (Anjali) sacrificed her career and did not take up a job. It wasn’t that easy for any woman to decide that in those days.

“So, she said that she will do whatever is needed for the welfare of the family and children. She is my strength, the one who keeps it all together. She has been a gold-medallist in gynaecology and obstetrics, but she chose to sacrifice her career for the family,” Tendulkar wrote in a column for the Times of India.