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With United they stood

If you are in England, the football bug is bound to bite you, even if otherwise you may be lukewarm to the game, writes Amol Karhadkar.

cricket Updated: Sep 03, 2007 02:51 IST
Amol Karhadkar

If you are in England, the football bug is bound to bite you, even if otherwise you may be lukewarm to the game. And the Indian cricketers, most of them followers of European football, were no exception. They didn’t miss the opportunity of watching Manchester United play an English Premier League game at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Sachin Tendulkar, Ajit Agarkar, Yuvraj Singh, fielding coach Robin Singh and administrative manager Rajeev Shukla set off for Manchester, an hour’s drive from here, after the nets to watch their favourite team taking on Sunderland.

While Sourav Ganguly was unlucky not to make it despite having a ticket due to ill health, he shouldn’t be too disappointed. After all, he watched Liverpool drubbing Toulouse 4-0 in the Champions League qualifying third round at Anfield on Tuesday.

Walking down the road

Sachin Tendulkar became the first foreigner to play for Yorkshire 15 years ago. And as the master batsman returned to the county on Friday, he had to walk almost a kilometre for attending a function to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Geoff Boycott’s 100 first-class centuries on Friday evening.

Boycott, probably the greatest cricketer from Yorkshire so far, had invited Tendulkar, Kevin Pietersen, Sunil Gavaskar and Graham Gooch as special guests for the function.

Tendulkar, unfortunately, could not get a taxi since a major accident in the city had resulted in a traffic jam and he decided to walk down to the venue for the function, around 10 minutes walking distance away from the team hotel.

Surprisingly, nobody on the road, apart from one English couple who smiled at him, either noticed or recognised one of the greatest cricketers ever.

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