Still waiting: Tendulkar at a training session in Mumbai. By Rajanish Kakade/AP

Also, I had got pretty used to them by then and I had a match coming up. So Goyal, wherever you are, please give me back my pads!

By Sachin Tendulkar, from Caught and Told: Humorous Cricketing Anecdotesby Sandeep Patil and Clayton Murzello, Roli Books, 2007.