Sachin Tendulkar    Getty Images
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Ahead of Sachin Tendulkar‘s 45th birthday, former India player Madhav Apte spilled the beans on the Master Blaster at Legends Club, CCI (Mumbai) on Monday. Apte, during Sachin’s early days, spotted his talent through his understanding of the game at a tender age of 14. Further more, Apte revealed that he had declared that if “Tendulkar manages to keep his head on his shoulders, he would play for India sooner than later, and for a long time.” To the entire country’s fortunes, Tendulkar had a 24-year-long cricketing career with 100 international hundreds.

An encounter with Sachin

Apte revealed an interesting episode on how Sachin won him over during the duo’s first encounter in 1987. Apte was present when Sachin took part in a match at Mumbai Gymkhana. “My colleagues said to me Sir watch this kid bat. From first ball, I observed the wicket was slow. The ball was stopping. While crossing over, I just said to him to take his time while driving the ball. He made some good 70 odd runs. After end of day’s play, when I was asked about his batsmanship, I revealed that I have been playing and watching cricket for over 50 years. I’ve not seen Sunil (Gavaskar) at the age of 14 (then age of Tendulkar) and this is exceptional talent. If he keeps his head on his shoulders, he will play for India sooner or later. Thankfully for all of us, and his fans, he kept his head on his shoulders throughout and gave us so much pleasure. There have been many great batsmen, but not everyone entertained us like he did.”