My favourite Sachin innings
The 98 he scored against Pakistan in the 2003 World Cup at Centurion. I can’t forget how he belted Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar all round the SuperSport Park. The way Sachin executed his innings was remarkable. Chasing 270-odd runs, it was a terrific effort against a formidable Pakistan pace attack.
His greatest strength
It has to be Sachin’s mental strength. He puts in a lot of effort to improve his physical fitness. We trained for hours before the Australia series at the Bandra Kurla Complex. He knows his body well — how to treat it and when to rest it. It is difficult to break his concentration.
Sachin’s tendency to glide the ball to third man seems chronic. He has got out so many times edging a catch behind the stumps trying to get cheeky.
Sachin & me
After he scored his 35th Test hundred, Sachin called me from the dressing room. He was slightly emotional, as he finally surpassed Sunny sir’s record. He was tense not because he was on the verge of breaking the record, but it was the media hype that got to him. A huge tension was off his shoulders and I could feel it too.
(Sachin’s best friend Ranade spoke to Bivabasu Kumar)