[caption id="attachment_832855" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-832855" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Abid-Ali_AFP.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="355" /> Abid Ali is almost the same height as Tendulkar and bats in a similar style, but has a long way to match the Indian maestro's phenomenal record. @AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/pakistan/">Pakistan</a> s newly selected opener <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/abid-ali">Abid Ali</a> on Sunday expressed confidence that despite strained political relations India's legendary batsman <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/sachin-tendulkar">Sachin Tendulkar</a> will give him a hug and a few batting tips at next month's <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/2019-icc-cricket-world-cup-2">World Cup</a>. <p></p> <p></p>The 31-year old has been a prolific run scorer in Pakistan's domestic cricket and broke into the national one-day squad for the World Cup after smashing a century on his debut against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia/">Australia</a> in Dubai last month. <p></p> <p></p>Abid is almost the same height as Tendulkar and bats in a similar style, but has a long way to match the Indian maestro's phenomenal record of most Test runs (15,921), most one-day runs (18,426), most Test hundreds (51) and most one-day centuries (49) to name a few. <p></p> <p></p>"It's my wish and hope that I meet Sachin Tendulkar," Abid told a group of journalists. <p></p> <p></p>"Definitely, I would like to hug him and I am sure that just like all great players meet youngsters I am sure that he will not turn me down. (<strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/pakistan-world-cup-squad-no-mohammad-amir-or-asif-ali-junaid-khan-in-831256">Pakistan World Cup squad: No Mohammad Amir or Asif Ali, Junaid Khan in</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"I am sure that if I want to get any information on cricket from Sachin, he will give a positive reply." <p></p> <p></p>Abid said it will be a memorable day when he meets his idol. <p></p> <p></p>"It will be the best day in my life when I meet him (Tendulkar) because he was one of the best batsmen. <p></p> <p></p>"West Indian Viv Richards was also a great so I want to meet all the great players and learn from them," said Abid. <p></p> <p></p>Tension between India and Pakistan rose to a near-war level since February 14 militant attacks on Indian side of Kashmir which left 44 army personnel killed. <p></p> <p></p>India claimed it responded with an attack on a militant base in Balakot in the Pakistan side of Kashmir which was followed by Pakistan shutting down its airspace and later shooting down two Indian air force planes, capturing a pilot. <p></p> <p></p>The Indian pilot was later released as a sign of goodwill and peace. <p></p> <p></p>There were calls that India should not play the 2019 World Cup match with Pakistan scheduled for Manchester on June 16. <p></p> <p></p>Despite the bitterness, players from both sides enjoy cordial relations. <p></p> <p></p>Indian captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/virat-kohli/">Virat Kohli</a> presented his bat to Pakistan's fast bowler <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/mohammad-amir">Mohammad Amir</a> during the World Twenty20 in India three years ago as a sign of appreciation of his talent. (<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/cricket-world-cup-2019-squad-lists-all-teams-complete-squads-team-list-player-list-831306"><strong>Cricket World Cup 2019 squad lists</strong></a>) <p></p> <p></p>Abid said he had followed Tendulkar's batting style from his early days. <p></p> <p></p>"Actually I have followed Sachin's technique from day one of my career and after watching him I tried to play like him. He was a great player, just like our own <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/inzamam-ul-haq/">Inzamam-ul-Haq</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/mohammad-yousuf">Mohammad Yousuf</a>. <p></p> <p></p>"I adopt their good things and leave any bad thing. If I meet him I will try to talk to him and get some advice, mentally and technically, so that it helps me improve my batting." <p></p> <p></p>Abid said he will do his best to be known as a good batsman. <p></p> <p></p>"Tendulkar's record is awesome," said Abid of the Indian master who retired in 2013. <p></p> <p></p>"I will do my best as and when I get a chance to play for Pakistan and make a name for myself."