Sachin Tendulkar recalls near death experience: Batting pundit Sachin Tendulkar narrated a horrifying near-death incident which he had experienced during his younger days, on Wednesday. The former India batsman spoke at the launch of two initiatives by the Mumbai Railway Police — SAMEEP (Safety Alert Messages Exclusively For Passengers) and B-Safe.
He accounted a short anecdote which involved him and his friends. “Right from the age of 11, I traveled by trains in Mumbai. When I traveled, I had a kit-bag. I have also experienced jostling, being pushed in and out of trains…these experiences will stay with me. In school, I had gone to Vile Parle to a friend”s place. We — five or six boys — had practiced in the morning and had gone to his place for lunch. Then we decided to watch a movie. After watching the movie, we got late for practice and hence we decided to cross railway tracks and go to the platform, and board the train at Dadar.” he said.
It seems that when he and his comrades were passing the tracks, they saw trains concurrently moving on all tracks, which caused them to crouch on their knees to avoid hazard. He also added his little friends and himself never crossed tracks again.
He also spoke on few of his opinions and advised the daily passengers on caution. “I feel in today”s world every minute matters, there is competition everywhere. I feel, a lot of time (the thinking is) if we cross railway tracks, then we will reach quicker, there will be benefit of five minutes instead of crossing the bridge while going to the other platform. These are small things — one, you are breaking the law, and you are risking life for five minutes.Your family and friends are waiting for you back home and if you reach there five minutes later it really does not matter. It is important to be there, safe and sound, rather than be in hospital. I request: do not sit on the train roof and travel if the train is crowded. Everyone is hard pressed for time, but still (I ask you), leave that train, be patient and do not break rules.” he suggested.