Strap on in any seat of car: Sachin Tendulkar bats for seat belts | India News

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INDORE: Cricketing great Sachin Tendulkar, who is in Indore, batted for buckling up your seat belt and recalled a recent interview where he described the safety belts as the best innovation in cars.
Tendulkar was having an informal chat with reporters on the sidelines of a press conference in Indore on Sunday when he recalled a question asked to him about his favourite technological innovation in cars. “I pointed at the seat belts,” he said.
“No matter where you sit in a car, wearing your seat belt is a must,” Tendulkar said. “There is no competition around the seat belt. I drive a lot and the first thing I do when I sit in the car is wear my seat belt. I feel incomplete without it, as if something is lacking,” Tendulkar said, offering his condolences to Cyrus Mistry’s family.
As the discussion hovered over the importance of seat belts, Tendulkar’s staff accompanying him recalled an incident where he was asked to unbuckle his seat belt while he was seated in the rear of a car during an ad-film shoot. The director felt that seat belt didn’t ‘aesthetically suit the shot’. Tendulkar refused, saying that his actions have larger implications among people, said his staff, as the cricketer nodded.
In Indore for a cricket match, he reminisced about his early days of cricket practice in this historic city as a 13-year-old with the swashbuckling Syed Mushtaq Ali, who scored India’s first Test century overseas. Ali would have been past 70 at the time. Tendulkar recalled that he batted without wearing pads. Later that evening, Ali went out for dinner with him, Sourav Ganguly, Jatin Paranjpe, Kedar Godbole, and other players at a city-based hotel.
Being the Swachh Bharat ambassador, Tendulkar lauded Indore for winning the cleanest city of the country award for five consecutive years.
“ I had made a suggestion a long time ago that every person should ensure that a certain area, say 30-50 square feet, stays clean. If each person decides, our country will remain clean,” he said.



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