Meet the man who bowled the first ball to Sachin in first-class cricket

Nisarg Patel, the former Gujarat off-spinner reminisces about bowling to a 15-year-old Sachin Tendulkar.

updated: October 16, 2013 16:14 IST
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Making my debut for Gujarat, I was bowling to Sachin who had come into bat in the previous over when Mumbai captain Lalchand Rajput was run out. Sachin was only 15 and I was eager to take his wicket. He defended the first two deliveries.

I thought of tossing the next ball a bit so that he could step out and drive me. I was hopeful of a caught and bowled, but he drove me through the cover region. He defended the next two balls and pierced the next one through mid-wicket.

After that, he played all the shots in the book. I don't remember him using up too many balls for his unbeaten 100. He was too good, although at that time no one could say he would become a great player.

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