I first met Sachin Tendulkar in 2002 at a camp in Bangalore where I was selected in the 30-member probable of the Indian team. When he walked past me, my mouth was left open in awe. The star of cricket, someone whom I had idolised for so long, and had grown up watching was in front of my eyes. I didn’t have the courage to initiate a conversation. I just kept on looking at his pads, the way he carried himself while practicing, his bat and the thickness of it. He came up to be and had a brief discussion about my bowling and other general cricket stuff. Over the years, the awe was only to grow big.