New Delhi,UPDATED: Apr 24, 2023 16:45 IST
By India Today Sports Desk: Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly went down the memory lane to the time when he first spent time with Sachin Tendulkar during an U15 camp in Indore. Ganguly recalled the fond memories on Tendulkar’s 50th birthday.
Ganguly said that even during his formative days, Tendulkar used to use heavy batters and that itself showed that the latter was destined for big things.
“The first time I saw him was in the U15 camp in Indore a long time ago. He used to use very heavy bats then. We spent a month in the camp training together and you could see that he was a special player,” Ganguly was quoted as saying in a video uploaded on DC’s Twitter handle.
Ganguly also talked about the time when he opened the batting for the first time in international cricket under Tendulkar’s captaincy. Back on October 23, 1996, Ganguly opened the batting against South Africa in Jaipur. Ganguly scored 54 runs back then and didn’t look back from there on.
“There are many. He first asked me to open against South Africa in Jaipur as they were not finding an opening batter. He said ‘why don’t you open?’ I said, yeah ‘I would love it’. Then obviously it was a different story for me in my career,” he said.
Tendulkar also flourished as an opening batter, having scored 15335 runs from 346 matches at an average of 48.07 with 45 centuries to show for his efforts. He started his career as a middle-order batter before being promoted as an opener.
“It was the same thing with Sachin. He batted at No.6 early on in one-day cricket and then when they made him open, he became a world champion and our partnerships started,” Ganguly added.
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