India’s cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday confessed that the country’s newest track and field sensation Hima Das had left him inspired.
After meeting Hima, the cricket legend tweeted, “It was a memorable morning for me as well, @HimaDas8. Meeting you was wonderful. You’re an inspiration to all of India’s youth. Keep running and making the whole nation proud. Best wishes for your future.”
Tendulkar was responding to Hima’s tweet expressing her gratitude for meeting her. She had written, “An overwhelming morning, meeting my legend i always looked upon @sachin_rt sir #dreamcometrue #memorablemorning Thanks sir for this memorable jersey and some motivational talks which will really help me in my career.”
It was a memorable morning for me as well, @HimaDas8. Meeting you was wonderful. You’re an inspiration to all of India’s youth. Keep running and making the whole nation proud. Best wishes for your future. https://t.co/jIGZrOwRQ9
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 30, 2018
In July, Hima had created history in Finland where she won the gold medal in the women’s 400 metre event at the IAAF World U20 Championships to become the first Indian athlete to win gold in a world championship across all age groups.
Her performance had left many including Shah Rukh Khan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi awestruck. Shah Rukh Khan had written, “Woke up and felt a genuine wave of Pride Love & inspiration. What an amazing athlete you are…#HimaDas Kya Baat hai!”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had tweeted, “Modi “India is delighted and proud of athlete Hima Das, who won a historic Gold in the 400m of World U20 Championships. Congratulations to her! This accomplishment will certainly inspire young athletes in the coming years.”
Hima is the daughter of a rice farmer in Assam and is the youngest of her six siblings. Her rise as a serious athlete globally is a remarkable story of sheer grit and determination in the face of adversity.