Sachin Tendulkar: Sanjay Bangar says, the Champion batsman treasured every overseas victory

Sachin Tendulkar wasn’t really very expressive after a home win but abroad he used to let his hair down © Getty Images

Nov 1, 2013

In the early 2000s, under the able stewardship of John Wright and Sourav Ganguly, India went about trying to correct their poor away record in Test cricket.

At that time Sanjay Bangar was part of the squad. He even played in the Test against West Indies at Port-of-Spain, a Test match that India won. It finally ended India’s abysmal record of not having won a Test outside the subcontinent against a higher ranked side for 16 long years.

Later in the summer, Bangar was instrumental in erecting the platform for a famous win at Headingley against England.

Bangar on how much Sachin Tendulkar treasured overseas wins,  “Sachin really treasured an overseas win. Whether it was beating the West Indies in a Test at Port-of-Spain in 2002, where he got a hundred in the first innings to equal Don Bradman’s record of 29 hundreds or in Headingley where we defeated England on a typical English wicket. Sachin had scored 193 in that game against a formidable attack and I could sense he really enjoyed those victories.

Tendulkar wasn’t really very expressive after a home win but abroad he used to let his hair down. He really treasured those wins.” Bangar was quoted as saying by Times of India.

He also recalled fond memories of India’s world cup match against Pakistan in 2003 at Centution, he added, “I was the 12th man I could feel the intensity as I ran in with the liquids.

He wanted to finish the job himself. He was really happy after the win and literally forced everyone to take a sip of the champagne. It didn’t matter if one was a teetotaler.” Bangar opined.

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