Smartphones now controlling our lives: Sachin

Mumbai, Sep 27 (IANS) Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is impressed with the advancement in technology, especially smartphones which are now controlling our lives and making it more convenient.

“Smartphones are literally controlling our lives – for your meetings, your alarms, reminders and all sorts of things. And as time goes by, things are getting more and more convenient for all of us. And with all these advanced technologies, god knows what’s in store for all of us,” said the Master Blaster at an event to promote Oxigen, a digital wallet company.

Sachin recalled the difficulty in connecting with family when mobile phones hadn’t arrived.

“During the days when mobiles were not there and we were touring for number of days, to be in touch with family was a tough task. To co-ordinate, in the previous phone call, we actually had to decide, let’s speak tomorrow at this particular time. And we had to make sure that we were available for that phone call. Otherwise co-coordinating was really difficult.

“But then the mobiles were introduced, later the connectivity improved, the correspondence got better. We’re travelling and we could be in touch with our friends and family members, which means a lot to me,” he said.

He also said that the trend of using digital platforms by the nation gives him satisfaction and is amazing. He also shared about the time when computers entered the dressing room and match strategies started being discussed through computers and analysts.

About the use of technology like hotspots and snickometers in determining umpiring decisions, he said that not only have the umpiring standards gone up but also the sense of thrill is triggered among viewers while waiting to know the eventual decision.

Sachin retired from cricket in 2013 after playing 200 test matches, scoring almost 35,000 runs across various formats.

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