The first time I met Sachin Tendulkar was during the 2002 Castrol Awards. Being a young player, it was quite unnerving when he came up to talk to me. I could see an aura around him, which made me conscious. However, what I noticed then, was that within no time he had the ability to make me comfortable in his presence. He would get down to converse at the most basic level. I’ve probably not followed his cricket as much, but his personality caught me in awe.