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" Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don't know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their TV sets and switch off their lives "
On that last day of the last Test of his first Test series in Pakistan Sachin gets hit on the nose by a Waqar delivery. Sachin falls down, gets up and wipes away the gushing blood. Eventually he scores 57.
"It didn't feel nice, with blood flowing from my nose, but I couldn't leave. I told myself, I want to thrash this bowler"
At 17 yrs and 112 days Sachin becomes the second-youngest centurion in Test history. His 119 not out against England helps India draw the game. It still remains among his most valuable Test innings.
Sachin ka favourite...
1992, Perth , 2-3 February
India is struggling at 135 for 6 at the WACA, the bounciest cricket pitch in the world. Tendulkar scripts a counter-attacking gem of 114. It is his favourite innings.
The Bowler1993, Kolkata, 24 NovemberWith South Africa needing just six runs to win the last over of their Hero Cup semi-final against India , Tendulkar bowls a sensational last over giving away just 3 runs and fashioning an Indian win.
Sachin Tendulkar ::" I had on apprehension, that in trying to restrict the batsmen I would end up bowling a wide or a no-ball especially before I come in to bowl the last ball, I was ultra cautious ".
Mera number aa gaya1994, Auckland , 27th MarchOpens in an ODI for the first time against New Zealand . Goes on to make 82 off 49 balls.
" Tendulkar was editing the highlights too fast "