New Delhi. Sachin Tendulkar made his international debut in 1989 against Imran Khan’s Pakistan at the age of 16. But, do you know that when he played an international match for the first time as a player, he played for Pakistan. The date was January 20, 1987. It was the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the Cricket Club of India. There was an exhibition match between the Indians and Pakistan. This match was played at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. It was a 40-over match and Sachin Tendulkar also played in this match. Tendulkar played for Pakistan in this match and his age was just 13 years.
Sachin Tendulkar has disclosed this in his autobiography ‘Playing it my way’. He has written that before making his debut for India in 1989, he played for Pakistan in 1987. He fielded for Pakistan in a match against India. He has written in his book that the then Pakistan captain Imran Khan remembers whether he put me on the field for fielding.
The master blaster further told that Pakistan cricketers Javed Miandad and Abdul Qadir had left the field during the lunch break. Sachin Tendulkar was asked to field for the visiting team as a standby fielder. Tendulkar also mentioned how he almost got Kapil Dev caught out in the match but could not reach the ball despite running a long distance. He explained that if he had been placed at mid-on instead of long-on, he could have helped take that wicket for Pakistan.
Sachin Tendulkar fielded for Pakistan in this match for about 25 minutes. While fielding, Tendulkar was kept on the boundary and was frustrated at not being able to catch big hits that passed over the head. Please tell that Ravi Shastri captained India in this match. Chasing Pakistan’s 189 runs, India won by six wickets. Mohammad Azharuddin scored 80 runs. Roger Binny played an inning of 63 runs.
FIRST PUBLISHED : February 23, 2023, 17:47 IST