Sachin was among my trainees at the national camp in Indore in 1987. I was reminded of his obsession for practice one night with a knock on the door. It was the watchman complaining that a boy from the camp was keeping everyone awake with the sound of the willow hitting leather behind a closed door. “Which boy,” I asked the watchman. “Woh ‘chhota gora chhokra’ (that small, fair boy),” he said. I did not know what to tell the watchman except, “What are you doing here? Go and field for him!”
At last: Sachin Tendulkar holding the cricket World Cup trophy. AP
As told by Vasu Paranjape in Caught and Told: Humorous Cricketing Anecdotes by Sandeep Patil and Clayton Murzello, Roli Books, 2007.