24 January, 2021

Sachin Tendulkar

Luckily, on the fourth and fifth day of the Perth test we did not lose any wickets...

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Sachin Tendulkar

Aiyla, we have done so badly on this Australian tour that I often wonder what actually went wrong. Luckily, on the fourth and fifth day of the Perth test we did not lose any wickets (when the game is over that cannot happen, or so Viru said when black humour came over him)! As for me, I had this rather amazing encounter after the game at the WACA. Well, I was whiling away time in the hotel lobby listening to Mark Knopfler’s Sultans of Swing when a Sardarji accompanied by a woman came up to me. “Sacchin, what are you listening to?” he enquired, in a curious accent. Out of politeness, I told him the name of the track. “The Indian team is in dire straits...so how appropriate,” he said rather sarcastically. Anyway, I pretended to take the Sardarji’s caustic remark in a lighter vein and hoped that he would go away and leave me in peace. But he didn’t and was quick to introduce himself. “I am Rajan from Kerala. But I have worn this turban to disguise myself. And this,” he said pointing to...



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