God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday recalled an instance when he and his brother Ajit Tendulkar faced each other once and for the only time but neither of the them wanted to win against it. As all know, Ajit Tendulkar played an important role in the much-admired career of Sachin Tendulkar.
Sachin got open up after inaugurating the pavilion at the MIG Cricket Club in suburban Bandra. The club was named after him.
Sharing a special memory of the MIG Club, the cricketer said, “I have never spoken about it, this would be the first time I am talking about it. (It was) many years ago, I don’t even remember whether I played international cricket or not, or even the Ranji Trophy, but I was doing well. I knew that my graph was slowly going up. At that time, a single wicket tournament used to take place at the MIG. And in that tournament, I was playing and also with me Ajit was playing. The two of us were in different pool and both of were progressing in the respective pools.”
Tendulkar added, “And eventually in the semi-finals we met each other. I think, that is the only time we have played against each other. We have played another match at the Bengal Cricket Club together, but this was against each other. I had somewhat known to gauge the bowler’s body language and I could make out that he (Ajit) did not want to win that match and so was I. We did not want to defeat each-other. And I started batting and the way he (Ajit) started (bowling deliberately) no balls and wide balls and the way I responded by deliberately playing defensively and in single wicket tournament one doesn’t defend.”
“It was that one look which Ajit gave telling me to bat properly. And that is what happens when your elder brother tells you and you have to follow those instructions, so I had to do that and I didn’t win, he lost the game. We both wanted the same result but unfortunately it went into my favour and I reached the finals (of the tournament),” recalled the cricketer.
Ajit was the one who took Tendulkar to famed coach Ramakant Achrekar.