Mumbai: We met 32 years ago at the Wankhede Stadium during the Mumbai under-15 trials. Both of us did not make the cut. Next year, we did.
We also played against each other in the Giles Shield final and my team (Don Bosco) lost. Shardarshram had a superb team with Vinod Kambli, Mayur Kadrekar and others, but clearly one could see that the leader of that bunch was Sachin.
He is very good at getting a team together and backing his players through tough times. Once, he made it very clear to me that I was his first choice for No 3 irrespective of whether Mumbai had a full strength team or not.