Mumbai: One of India’s greatest batsmen, Sachin Tendulkar ( Dilin Vengsarkar ) was the captain of the Indian team when Sachin Tendulkar smacked the bowlers in Mumbai’s school cricket tournaments. Dilip Vengsarkar said that he first saw a glimpse of Sachin Tendulkar when the Indian team was practicing for the Test match against New Zealand (India Vs Newzealand) in Mumbai in 1988. It was Dilip Vengsarkar’s 100th Test match. “I had heard about Sachin Tendulkar because he was scoring a lot of runs in school tournaments at that time,” Dilip Vengsarkar said on Facebook Live with SportSkieda. Those tournaments are 100 years old and they have given many players to Mumbai and Indian team.
Former captain Dilip Vengsarkar told me that at that time I was the captain of the Indian team and was going to play my 100th Test match against New Zealand in Mumbai. We were practicing there. Our coach Vasudev Paranjpe was very impressed with Sachin Tendulkar and he said that seeing this boy is a different talent. He said, he brought Sachin Tendulkar to the ground. I had to watch him bat on the nets. I asked Kapil Dev, Arshad Ayub, Maninder Singh, Chetan Sharma to bowl. He said what is happening. Why should we bowl to an under-15 boy?
The former chief selector said, then I told him that he is scoring consistently in school tournaments. So we have to watch him bat. He batted. All those bowlers were well-known cricketers, but still, they said that they would bowl, but Sachin Tendulkar impressed a lot. He batted excellently. Dilip Vengsarkar told me that he spoke in the selection committee meeting to bring Sachin Tendulkar into the Mumbai team.
He said the selection committee of our Mumbai team was to meet that evening. I participated in it. I told him about Sachin. I have seen him bat, he is the best, so select him in the 15-member team. The former right-handed batsman said, he said it was too early for him. If he gets injured then we will be blamed. So let’s wait a few days. I told him that you should keep him in the 15-member team so that he can stay with the team and learn about the atmosphere of the team. Dilip Vengsarkar said that as soon as opportunities came before Sachin Tendulkar, he roasted them and was selected for the Indian team next year. He said, he scored a century in the Duleep Trophy, he scored a century in the Irani Trophy. After this, he went to Pakistan in 1989. Sachin Tendulkar came this way, the rest is history.