Teddy Sheringham once said his son supported Manchester United because David Beckham played for them. That Sheringham scored in that epic Champions League final of 1999 against Bayern Munich and played four years for the Red Devils made no difference to his son.
Sachin Tendulkar is better off on that count but only just. Son Arjun takes batting tips from the Mumbai Indians’ batting coach and captain but is a huge fan of Chris Gayle. “I like him for his impressive batting style,” the nine-year-old said.
The Gayle storm didn’t hit South Africa as often as Kolkata Knight Riders would have wanted, but it hasn’t gone unnoticed by Arjun, himself a left-hand batsman and bowler.
Tendulkar makes sure his son gets his share of nets in complete cricket gear. “He (Arjun) just asked me, ‘what’s the correct length of the ball?” Pollock told Tendulkar. “Did you also start training at that age?” Pollock said. “No, no, when I took up cricket, I was much older than him,” Tendulkar said.