In Peshawar, India find a "little bugger who can play"

A walk down the memory lane reveals how Sachin Tendulkar, all of 16, impressed one and all on his maiden tour to Pakistan.

updated: December 25, 2012 16:56 IST
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Twenty three years ago, it was easy to see why the forefathers of the security men at Peshawar could not control the Khyber Pass. A huge crowd had turned up at the cricket stadium, many fans allowed in by the combination of the friendliness of those paid to check the tickets and the aggression of those who thought valour might be the better part of discretion.

The India-Pakistan match was an occasion, as always. India hadn't been to Pakistan in five years, they had a brand new captain, and Pakistan were led by that wily fox Imran Khan.

Everything was in the hosts' favour. But Peshawar was bound to be different. On a clear day, a guide told us, you could see Afghanistan. But this wasn't a clear day. In fact, it rained, putting paid to the aspirations of thousands of spectators some of whom had even bought tickets. It is possible that those who shouted loudest about being deprived were those who didn't have any tickets. It is often that way.

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