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‘A very regular guy’

Some people are lucky to be rich. Some people are lucky to be born intelligent. Given our belief in destiny and the virtues of past lives, I think I probably did something very good to be Sachin’s friend in this one.

cricket Updated: Nov 13, 2009 00:55 IST

Some people are lucky to be rich. Some people are lucky to be born intelligent. Given our belief in destiny and the virtues of past lives, I think I probably did something very good to be Sachin’s friend in this one.

In good and bad times, Sachin has always been there, to help out in some way or just to provide comfort. Beyond that public persona, is just a very regular guy, friendly, impassioned, loving.

For instance, Sachin is not just father to his children. He is their friend. But, he insists on certain things with them. Like, the fact that both kids call him baba (father in Marathi).

Growing up in a society (Sahitya Sahawas) full of literary stalwarts, Sachin chose cricket instead, that in itself was out of the ordinary. He chose his career at the age of 10 and then became a totally different Sachin. He was from a middle-class family and it was after Sungrace Mafatlal took him on, that he got to see new pads, new bats. His first seasoned bat though, his sister got him from Kashmir.

He comes from a close-knit family and enjoys spending time with his friends. Among the things he loved was watching Marathi comedy movies. His favourite actors were Laxmikant Berde and Ashok Saraf. Even now, whenever Sachin has the time and is in Mumbai, we go out to the movies.

The other thing about him is that he loves junk food! But he’s also a fabulous cook and loves experimenting with different cooking methods and styles.

He’s quite precise in his preparations for cooking, much like he is in cricket. It’s also quite amazing to see that it’s been 20 years since he first made his debut. May God be with him and give him and his family good health.

(Sunil Harshe, Sachin’s childhood friend from Sahitya Sahawas, spoke to G. Krishnan)