For the 90’s kids there is no better cricketing memory than that of the ‘desert storm’ innings by Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. That innings alone inspired a generation to take up the game. One of the youngsters at the time was Suresh Raina who was 12 years old when Sachin weaved the magic in Sharjah. Suresh Raina recently while reminiscing that innings, shared how he used to bunk his last two periods to watch Sachin bat.
“We used to bunk the last two periods of school because the tournament in Sharjah was going on. Sachin paaji used to open in that era. Paaji ki batting hi dekthe the uss time pe, ya Rahul bhai. Paaji out hote the to fir nikal lete the ghar (we used to watch only Sachin’s batting, or Dravid’s; but once Sachin got out, we would leave for home” mentioned Raina.
“Hum chhote choote the (we were just kids). I was just 12 at that time and used to study in seventh standard. Sachin Tendulkar itna bada naam tha (Sachin Tendulkar was a big name)” added Raina.
However, his former Indian teammate and current CSK member who was part of that series in Sharjah trolled Suresh Raina by reminding him that the match used to start at 4pm India time, so how come he used to bunk his school classes to watch it. Whatever may be the truth, but no one can take away from the greatness of those two master classes by Tendulkar.
Here’s Harbhajan’s tweet;
School bunk 🙄😄 how ? That game started at 4 pm indian time 😜I was part of the series https://t.co/JWnZqa2Zl8
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 1, 2020