Exclusive: On Sachin's 50th birthday, Vengsarkar remembers the day he asked Kapil to bowl at the then school boy

Tendulkar was only 15 when he faced Kapil Dev in an Indian team's net session



Sachin Tendulkar learning the art of fast bowling from Dennis Lillee at MRF Pace Academy. — Picture courtesy indianhistorypics Twitter
Sachin Tendulkar learning the art of fast bowling from Dennis Lillee at MRF Pace Academy. — Picture courtesy indianhistorypics Twitter
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Rituraj Borkakoty

Published: Mon 24 Apr 2023, 1:26 AM

Legendary Indian batsman Dilip Vengsarkar was preparing for his 100th Test match in 1988 when Vasu Paranjpe, a former first-class player, asked him to take a look at a young boy.

That young boy was none other than Sachin Tendulkar, who is celebrating his 50th birthday today

Tendulkar was only 15 then, but he was already knocking on the selectors’ doors for a place in the Bombay Ranji Trophy team with his sheer volume of runs in school cricket.

"I had heard about him because he was scoring a lot of runs in school cricket. But I hadn't seen him bat. So when Vasu Paranjpe asked me to take a look at him, I said, 'okay bring him to the Indian team's net session’," Vengsarkar told the Khaleej Times.

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"I was the captain and I requested Kapil Dev, Chetan Sharma, Maninder Singh, all big bowlers, to bowl at him in the nets. They agreed, and he batted very well. We all could see the talent," said Vengsarkar who gifted Sachin a Gunn & Moore bat after that net session.

Former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar. —AFP file
Former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar. —AFP file

Tendulkar soon made his first class debut and one year later was picked for the Indian team for the Pakistan series.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Vengsarkar reveals what he still tells youngsters to learn from Tendulkar.

"His focus and determination. He was never distracted, his whole focus was always on cricket. I always ask youngsters to learn from that," Vengsarkar said.


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