I didn’t think Sachin will become this big: Sir Richard Hadlee
The legend opens up about growing up in a cricketing family, his rivalry with Imran Khan, and his first impression of the Master Blasterbrunch Updated: Mar 26, 2017 09:55 IST
Hometown: Christchurch, New Zealand
School: Christchurch Boys High School
Debut:The Canterbury Vs Auckland match back in 1971-72
High point of your life: Being knighted for my contribution to New Zealand cricket
Low point of your life: Losing my parents
Currently I am : Recommending New Zealand’s South Islands as a great travel destination to everyone I meet
Your dad,Walter Hadlee, captained the Kiwi cricket team, and your brothers, Barry and Dayle, were cricketers as well. What was it like to be part of such a cricketing family?
Well, there was never any dearth of cricketing equipment or encouragement in the house!
How did things change from when your dad captained the team to when you started playing?
In the ’50s when my dad was playing, it would take 37 days in a ship to reach England from New Zealand and in the ’70s, we made the trip in less than 30 hours in a flight. Also, it wasn’t until the ’70s that we started to win matches.
You’ve played with Sachin Tendulkar...
Yes, in 1990, Sachin was just a kid. He scored an impressive 80 as far as I remember. But to be honest, back then I didn’t think he’d become as big as he eventually did.
Any recent fan incident in India that you vividly remember?
Some time back, a guy told me that I reminded him of Sir Richard Hadlee. “Are you his father?” he asked me. That’s what a head full of grey hair can do to you!
Ian Botham, Imran Khan, Kapil Dev or Sir Richard Hadlee…Who’s the best all-rounder according to you?
Imran Khan, because he was the most consistent among the four of us. I think I was the better bowler, but my batting was the weakest.
Who, according to you, are the top five cricketers of today?
I’d pick Steven Smith, Joe Root, Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli and of course, AB de Villiers.
Five offbeat things you’d recommend to someone visiting New Zealand...
Sample the pies from Darfield Bakery, cycle on the Otago Rail Trail, go on a tour of the Waipara wineries, visit the marine reserve in the Abel Tasman National Park and experience gliding at Omarama before soaking in the hot pools.
The last app you learnt to use?
Cricinfo and BLACKCAPS.
Have you watched any Bollywood film?
Not really, but I’d love to!
Movie: The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Comfort food: Roast lamb and veggies, followed by ice cream and fruit salad
Destination: Hanmer Springs, an Alpine village with hot pools
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From HT Brunch, March 26, 2017
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