Tokyo Paralympics : Gold medalist Pramod Bhagat credits Sachin for his success, said – his sportsmanship impressed me a lot
Badminton player Pramod Bhagat, who won gold in Tokyo Paralympics, has said that the sportsmanship of Team India's great cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has impressed me a lot. He credited Sachin Tendulkar for his calm and focused demeanor during the game, saying that he was inspired by the sportsmanship and brilliant manners of the legendary cricketer. Bhagat won India's first Paralympic gold medal in badminton with a straight-game win over Britain's Daniel Bethel in the SL3 category final of the Tokyo Paralympics last week.
The 33-year-old Indian, who contracted polio at the age of four, made a spectacular comeback in the second set of the final after going down eight points. Bhagat told in an interview with news agency PTI, 'I used to play cricket in my childhood. During that time we used to watch cricket on Doordarshan and I was always impressed by Sachin Tendulkar's calm and focused demeanor. His way of handling situations had a great impact on me. He said, 'I started following him. His sportsmanship impressed me a lot. So when I started playing, I followed the same thought process and it helped me make memorable comebacks in many matches including the World Championships.
Let us tell you that on September 8, Pramod Bhagat had met Team India's cricket great Sachin Tendulkar after returning home. He gifted Sachin his racket used in the Paralympic final. Tendulkar gave him an autographed T-shirt and a book of his autobiography. He said, 'I have been inspired by Sachin since childhood, so when I met him it was a big moment for me. He told me about balancing life and sport. It was a dream come true moment.'