The day Sachin had a long bath
The batting maestro explains why he became superstitious and indulged himself in a leisurely bath on that day.india Updated: Feb 15, 2006 11:11 IST
Sachin Tendulkar indulged himself in a long, leisurely bath -- "the longest bath of my life" -- as India headed towards victory in the third One-Day International against Pakistan in Lahore Monday.
While waiting for a flight to Multan at the Lahore airport, Tendulkar was in a cheerful and talkative mood as he disclosed that, inside the dressing room at the Gaddafi Stadium, he kept prolonging his bath as Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni guided India to victory with their 102-run unbroken partnership.
"You know, I had the longest bath of my life yesterday," started Tendulkar, who himself scored a composed 95 to lay the foundation of the five-wicket win that gave India a 2-1 lead in the series.
"I was taking a shower and an ice bath when I heard the cheering of the crowd," he said. He was told that Yuvraj and Dhoni were going great guns. A seemingly superstitious Tendulkar then decided to continue in the shower.
"And I asked Harbhajan Singh to stand nearby and give me the score updates. I came out just before the winning runs were scored," he disclosed.
As the topic turned to singing, Tendulkar said Irfan Pathan had the best voice in the present team.
"He has a very good voice," he said.
When told that during a triangular series in Sri Lanka last year, one evening Pathan sang quite a few Hindi film songs during the team's stay in a hotel in Dambulla, Tendulkar quipped: "You people are lucky. I have never heard him sing for long."
When Pathan was later told that Tendulkar praised his voice, the left-arm pacer did not believe for a moment that the master blaster was indeed complimenting him.
"He must be pulling my leg," Pathan said with a smile.
The plane finally took off for Multan after more than two-hour delay. It carried both the Indian and Pakistani teams and most of the Indian reporters.