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Felt a certain peace in crying after final Test: Tendulkar pens heartfelt open letter to men, says no shame in tears

The god of cricket has an important message for 'the men of today, and tomorrow'

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Updated: Nov 20, 2019, 06.48 PM IST
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In an open letter posted on Instagram, the master blaster said there's no shame in tears.
Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, on Wednesday, penned a heartfelt open letter addressed to 'the men of today, and tomorrow'.

The letter, on the occasion of International Men's week, coincides with the week in which Tendulkar retired from cricket six years ago. The personal and emotional note, rewinds to 16th November 2013 when the God of cricket let his tears flow in front of the world, as he walked off the pitch after his final Test match.

Saying that's it's okay for men to cry, and wishing them the courage to break the stereotypes that say otherwise, the 46-year-old wrote, "There's no shame in showing your tears. So why hide a part of you that actually makes you stronger? Why hide your tears? It takes a lot of courage to show your pain and your vulnerability. But just as sure as the morning, you'll emerge from it tougher and better. So I encourage you to move past these stereotypes and notions of what men can or cannot do. Whoever you are, wherever you are, I wish you this courage."

​An emotional Sachin Tendulkar walks off the pitch after he bid adieu to cricket on the 3rd day of the Test against West Indies, at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on November 16, 2013. Sachin played his 200th and last Test match against West Indies in Mumbai.​
An emotional Sachin Tendulkar walks off the pitch after he bid adieu to cricket on the 3rd day of the Test against West Indies, at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on November 16, 2013. Sachin played his 200th and last Test match against West Indies in Mumbai.

He opened the letter, posted on his Instagram handle, saying, "You'll soon be fathers and husbands. Brothers and friends. Mentors and teachers. You're going to lead by example. You're going to be courageous and strong. Brave and resilient.And you will also face fear, doubts and experience great tribulations. Undoubtedly, there will be times when you fail, and you will feel like crying and letting it all out."

He then address the stereotype and pressure that society puts on men, saying, "But sure enough, you'll hold back the tears and pretend to be tough. Because that's what men do. Because that's what we are brought up to believe - that men are not supposed to cry. That crying makes a man weak.

"I grew up believing this. And the reason I'm writing to you today, is because I realized that I was wrong. My struggles and my pain made me who I am, shaping me into a better man."

He goes on to write about his own experience, and the emotions that he felt when he retired, writing, "16/11/2013. I still remember that day on the field. I had thought about it for a long time but nothing could prepare me for that last walk back to the pavilion. With each step it started sinking in. I felt a lump in my throat, the fear of it all ending.

"There was so much going through my head in that moment. I just couldn't keep it in. And I didn't fight it. I let go in front of the world, and surprisingly, I felt a certain peace. I felt stronger for putting myself out there and grateful for everything that I had received. I realized I was man enough," he added.

Concluding, the legend said, "There's no shame in showing your tears. So why hide a part of you that actually makes you stronger? Why hide your tears? It takes a lot of courage to show your pain and your vulnerability. But just as sure as the morning, you'll emerge from it tougher and better. So I encourage you to move past these stereotypes and notions of what men can or cannot do. Whoever you are, wherever you are, I wish you this courage."




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