06 December, 2020

In The Don's Lair

What do two cricketing greats talk about when they meet? Here's the inside story...

In The Don's Lair

IT was the 'greatest day' of Sachin Tendulkar's life. The day he met Sir Donald Bradman, for one full hour. In the ritual of hierarchy that sports builds over decades it was, in all probability, three players who would make the all-time final eleven in a cricketing line-up, chatting about the game. The press was excited, even the Indians in Adelaide got wind of the flight Tendulkar was coming on.

There were hordes of them at the airport. One approached Sachin to take him to the Ganesh temple at Adelaide because it was Ganesh Chaturthi. Another, who owned a restaurant, wanted Sachin to come and have Indian food. But it was a tired Tendulkar. And Greg Chappell had come to pick him up. And Tendulkar had to sleep.

Next morning, the day of the great encounter, Tendulkar had to be outfitted with a black dinner jacket for the banquet at night. The Chappell brothers took Tendulkar to Trims. Interestingly, the Chappells outfitted themselves too in black jackets, the first time since they left high school. Around three in the afternoon,...



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