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Sleepless night for Sachin fan

Fireman Shadab Khan realised his lifelong dream when he not only got Sachin's autograph but also a photograph with him while on duty.

india Updated: Dec 21, 2005 18:17 IST
Qaiser Mohammad Ali (ndo-Asian News Service)
Qaiser Mohammad Ali (ndo-Asian News Service)

Fireman Shadab Khan realised his lifelong dream when he not only got Sachin Tendulkar's autograph but also a photograph with the batting ace while on duty during the India-Sri Lanka Test here -- and was so excited that he didn't sleep the whole night!

The member of the Ahmedabad Fire Brigade (AFB), posted at the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, here said excitedly: "For me, he is the greatest personality in India. It was my lifelong ambition to take his autograph and get a photograph with him, and I managed both during this Test."

"Believe me, I could not sleep that night, I was so excited," gushed Khan, unable to hide his feelings. "I had never imagined that I would be manning gates at a stadium and would get to meet Sachin."

The 20-something Khan said he had had a one-point agenda from the moment he got to know about his posting - take Tendulkar's autograph.

"I told my boss that I was going to try to get Sachin's autograph even if that meant you suspended me from service. My superior just smiled, and did not stop me."

A restaurant stall with 17 graves

You could call it a truly out of the world experience. The popular New Lucky Restaurant is located around a huge tree trunk - and 17 graves.

Situated opposite City College in the Laldarwaza area of Ahmedabad, the decades-old restaurant, frequented by cricket fans, does roaring business, particularly in the evenings. The graves of varying sizes are protected by iron grills and are painted dark green with red roses placed at one end of each grave.

Right in the middle of the restaurant is also an old tree trunk, which pierces through the ceiling. The tables and chairs are placed around the trunk.

Tendulkar looks down from the heights

Sachin Tendulkar kept staring from the skies right through the third India-Sri Lanka Test here. A huge portrait of the cricketer, taken moments after he reached his world-record 35th century in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Delhi last week, hangs from one of the floodlight towers at the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium here.

Tendulkar immediately punched the air after running the single that took him to the coveted three-figure mark and looked skywards and touched his heart with his bat. He later explained he was remembering his late father.

The same picture, though without the bat, hangs from the tower with these words inscribed on top: "Congratulations for your 35th glorious Test century." The Indian cricket board and the Gujarat Cricket Association honoured Tendulkar with mementos before the Test started here onSaturday.

First Published: Dec 21, 2005 18:17 IST