Mumbai: Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who celebrates his 48th birthday on Saturday, making international debut for India against arch-rivals Pakistan in 1989 is part of cricketing folklore. However, only few are aware of the fact that Tendulkar first got the taste of international cricket when he took the field for a Pakistan team that was playing against India at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium.
The batting maestro recalled that incident in his autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’ of taking the field for Pakistan two years before his India debut, in 1987.
The Little Master also wonders whether the then-Pakistan captain Imran Khan remembers employing him in the field.
Tendulkar wrote in his book ‘I don’t know whether Imran Khan remembers this or has any idea that I once fielded for his Pakistan team.’
The Master Blaster further said that Pak cricketers Javed Miandad and Abdul Qadir had left the field during the lunch break and then a 14-year-old Tendulkar was asked to field for the visiting team as standby fielder.
Tendulkar also recalled one incident on how he nearly caught Kapil Dev out in the match, but couldn’t get to the ball despite running a long way.
Tendulkar made his Test debut at the age of 16 years and 205 days at Karachi in November 1989.
He scored 15 runs in that match and was bowled by Waqar Younis, who also made his debut in that match. But he was appreciated for how he handled numerous blows to his body at the hands of the Pakistani pace attack.
The Lateralz team wishes Mr Tendulkar a very happy birthday.