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Firoz Mirza, Hindustan Times
Indore, December 24, 2012
Sometimes the fates of famous people are inexplicably linked to little-known unsung men, who languish on the sidelines or, in this case, in the middle of the ground for their whole lives.

Madhya Pradesh curator, Samunder Singh Chouhan, belongs to this category. A resident of Indore, he is somehow deeply connected with none other than Sachin Tendulkar.

Pitches rolled out by this man have always proved lucky for Tendulkar and the batting maestro has created quite a few milestones on pitches made by the curator.

On March 31, 2001, Tendulkar slammed a century against Australia.

With that knock of 139, he also completed his 10,000 runs in the One-day internationals, a feat not achieved by anyone else till then. Chouhan had prepared the pitch.

It was also on the surface prepared by Chouhan at the Roop Singh Stadium in Gwalior that Tendulkar scored 97 against Pakistan on November 15, 2007.

But the biggest feat the little man achieved on the wicked made by Chouhan was on February 24, 2010 when he became the first man ever to score a double century in ODIs, at the Gwalior stadium against South Africa.

Chouhan even got the opportunity to meet Tendulkar on the eve of that famous knock at Gwalior, but he regrets not being able to speak to the legend after creating history.

"I met him on the eve of the match and apprised him of the coincidences (the knocks against Australia and Pakistan). But after the famous double hundred, he got so busy that I couldn't meet him," said Chouhan.