The day Rahul Dravid retired, he was asked to look back on a long career and name his best innings. "It's like asking to choose between my sons," said Dravid, listing several memorable knocks but declining to pick just one. This is something you expect when someone has built a large and impressive body of work in a span extending well over a decade. And that is why it came as a surprise when Sachin Tendulkar pin-pointed one of his hundred international centuries as his favourite.
Tendulkar, who was more relaxed and forthcoming than we've seen throughout his career, opened his heart out to those who had gathered in Dubai for the first of six dinners with him hosted by FidelisWorld. The 350-plus fans lost interest in the fine wine and food on offer, thanks to the nuggets Tendulkar so liberally dropped in an interaction with Alan Wilkins, the former Glamorgan seamer who now works in the media.
"It's got to be, from a cricketing point of view, Perth in 1992," Tendulkar began, referring, of course, to the time when he, as a 19-year-old, was up against a formidable Australian attack that included a red-hot Mike Whitney, who picked up 11 wickets in the Test.