Recalling his first assembly with a 15-year-old youngster prodigy, Vengsarkar mentioned he was extremely impressed with Tendulkar’s approach. While interacting throughout a Facebook reside with Sportskeeda, the Colonel recalled an incident from 1988 throughout a Test match in opposition to New Zealand in Mumbai.
Vengsarkar – who was the then captain of the Indian facet – urged senior India bowlers like Kapil Dev, Arshad Ayub, Maninder Singh, Chetan Sharma to bowl to him within the nets and was left extremely impressed.
Vengsarkar – who went on changing into India’s chief selector within the years to come back – mentioned, “Actually, I had heard about Sachin because he was scoring heavily inter-school matches. These tournaments are 100 years old have given a lot of cricketers for Mumbai and for India.”
“At the time I was India’s captain, and I was about to play my 100th Test match against New Zealand in Mumbai. We were practising there. Our coach Vasudev Paranjpe was very impressed with Sachin, and he said, ‘look at this boy, he’s an exceptional talent’. I told him ‘I can look at him later, not now’. But he insisted,” he recalled.
“So he got him on the ground, so I had to see him bat at the nets. I requested Kapil Dev, Arshad Ayub, Maninder Singh, Chetan Sharma to bowl to him. They were like ‘what is this thing like. Why should we bowl to a U-15 kid’,” Vengsarkar mentioned with amusing.
“So I told them he has been scoring runs in school tournaments, so we have to see him how we bats. So he batted. Hats off to those bowlers, they were established cricketers, but still, they said they will bowl for a while. But Sachin was so impressive, he played so well,” he recalled.
The former batsman mentioned he instantly requested the Bombay crew choice committee to choose him within the 15-member squad and urged them to maintain him with the crew in order that he will get a really feel of the dressing room and relaxation as they are saying is historical past. Tendulkar went on scoring closely within the home circuit the subsequent 12 months and obtained his maiden India call-up in 1989.
“In Duleep Trophy, he got a hundred. In Irani Trophy, he got a hundred. Then we went to Pakistan in 1989, and there came Sachin Tendulkar, and the rest is history,” he mentioned.
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