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No shame in showing tears, it’s ok for men to cry: Sachin Tendulkar

PTI
Published : Nov 21, 2019, 1:17 am IST
Updated : Nov 21, 2019, 1:17 am IST

The 46-year-old, arguably the greatest batsman to have played cricket, said crying does not mean weakness.

A file photo of Australia’s Steve Smith who had broken down while apologising for the ball tampering incident.
 A file photo of Australia’s Steve Smith who had broken down while apologising for the ball tampering incident.

New Delhi: “There’s no shame in showing your tears,” said Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday, recalling a time when he believed that crying makes a man weak, a belief he wants none to have now.

In an open letter to fellow men in the ongoing International Men’s Week, the cricket icon said his tribe should never pretend to be tough when things are falling apart.

“There’s no shame in showing your tears. So why hide a part of you that actually makes you stronger? Why hide your tears?” he asked in an emotional note.

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“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 realised that I was wrong. My struggles and my pain made me who I am, shaping me into a better man,” he added.

The 46-year-old, arguably the greatest batsman to have played cricket, said crying does not mean weakness.

“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,” he said.

Tendulkar said his tribe will face “fear, doubts and experience great tribulations” and it is fine if some of it leads to a breakdown.

“Undoubtedly, there will be times when you fail, and you will feel like crying and letting it all out. But sure enough, you’ll hold back the tears and pretend to be tough. Because that’s what men do,” he wrote.

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