Sreesanth recalls his first professional meeting with Sachin Tendulkar which left him teary-eyed.
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Legendary former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is not just an inspirational figure in India but a global ambassador. On the micro-blogging site Twitter, Tendulkar follows handful of people and one of them in veteran pacer S. Sreesanth.
The Kerala-born pacer was a part India’s victorious 2011 World Cup campaign. It was Tendulkar’s final swansong and a feat to cherish. Sreesanth’s duels with Tendulkar in the domestic circuit is quite popular. In an interaction with Ishan Sharma on Cric Crak Conversations, the 37-year-old pacer recalled his first meeting with the batting maestro.
“Tendulkar is the god of cricket. My first meeting with Tendulkar happened while I was in class XI. It was at the nets, India were playing South Africa in Kochi. I went in as a net bowler. I had just started off bowling medium pace those days. Tendulkar came in a bit early with 7-8 bats, he asked if any medium pacers are available. I took the ball and charged in!”
Furthermore, he adds, “He played a defensive shot and the next delivery was a big wide; the third ball again a defensive push and it was over! Tendulkar asked me to wait and he went ahead with other bowlers. While I was a bit de-motivated at that point, he later clarified that it was for my good.”
The troubled pacer, who is currently facing a 7-year-ban due to his alleged involvement in match-fixing, said Tendulkar was one of the few people who never made any derogatory remarks against him. The flamboyant speedster is preparing for the upcoming season of the domestic cricket as he would be cleared to play competitive cricket from September 13. He will turn out for Kerala in the Ranji Trophy this season. Sreesanth is eager to perform well which would pave the way for an international comeback for him.