Aakash Chopra, a former India cricketer, recently shared a funny anecdote about Sachin Tendulkar, the legendary cricketer who celebrated his 50th birthday on April 24. Chopra talked about Tendulkar’s finesse in the game and how he dominated the sport for over two decades.
During a training session, Tendulkar asked for suggestions on maintaining the right footwork and if he watched the ball well enough, leaving Chopra flabbergasted. Chopra shared this incident himself, saying that he found it hilarious.
Tendulkar was known for his technical strokes and played with utmost perfection during his professional career. Fans affectionately called him the “Little Master,” and he created various records that engraved his name in the history books.
He would ask questions about his technique: Chopra
Aakash Chopra said:
“During my time in the national team, he (Sachin Tendulkar) would ask, ‘Aakash, would you mind standing behind the stumps?’ Of course, I would have stood there anyway, as there is so much to learn. What better place to stand and learn batting? ‘Just peeche khade ho jaao aur unko (Tendulkar) khelte huye Dekho.’ The way he reacts to every ball is the coaching manual right in front of you,” read an excerpt from Boria Majumdar’s ‘Sachin@50’.
“So, I would stand there always. In fact, he would ask questions if his footwork was correct or if the shuffle, he was trying was coming out well? Watching the ball close enough? I would be embarrassed that why is Paaji asking me? But he would continue to ask,”
Sachin Tendulkar, who was born in Mumbai, still holds the record for being the leading run-scorer in international cricket. He also holds separate records in Tests and ODIs. Tendulkar achieved 51 Test centuries and 49 ODI tons, a record 100 centuries in total. In 2013, he ended his illustrious career, two years after India’s 2011 ODI World Cup victory in Mumbai.
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