Sachin Tendulkar started his international cricket against India
New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar made his international debut for India against Pakistan in 1989, everybody know this fact but only few know that he first tasted international cricket two years earlier n 1987 playing for Pakistan against India.
It was an exhibition match between India and Pakistan in Mumbai's Brabourne stadium when Tendulkar came on to the field as a substitute fielder for Pakistan.
Javed Miandad and Abdul Qadir left the field at lunch time and Sachin was asked to field. Imran deployed him at long-on and soon Kapil Dev hit a skier in his direction. Despite running 15 metres, Sachin could not reach the ball.
Recounting the incident in his recently released book, 'Playing it My Way', Sachin remembers complaining to a friend later that he could have taken the catch had he been positioned at mid-on instead of long-on.
"I don't know whether Imran Khan remembers this or has any idea that I once fielded for his Pakistan team," writes Sachin in his book.