Wellington, Nov 12: The ‘master blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar has recently revealed his sweet sour experiences during his New Zealand tours of his playing days. The love and hate tale of the Indian cricket God renders his various experiences, ranging from cold, bad weather to the ‘fantastic and amazing’ Indian food.
Tendulkar wrote in his autobiography, ‘ Playing it My Way’ that New Zealand has always been a very difficult tour for an Indian cricketer. He claims that it’s often windy and chilly and that, coupled with the short boundaries in most of the grounds, makes it very different from conditions back home in India.
He also said that most of the New Zealand players used to call him a schoolboy, with plenty of F-words thrown in. He added that they advised him to go back to playing cricket with his school chums, suggesting that he wasn’t fit to compete at international level, a website reported.
The New Zealand tour in 1990 was his first test outside the subcontinent. On that first tour the ‘Master Blaster’ ran into Richard Hadlee, who he describes as one of the finest ever exponents of swing bowling, close to his best.
In that first tour he had expected to get his first century, but instead the New Zealand captain, John Wright, got him for 88. He writes that he was heartbroken and as he walked back to the pavilion he couldn’t control his tears.
Sachin said the best part of that tour was the coincidence of being able to see Asha Bhosle in concert in Wellington.
However, the capital seems full of dark memories for Tendulkar though as in 1998-99 the India team had found themselves staying in Wellington on Christmas Day with all the restaurants, even those in hotels, closed.
Tendulkar said that they were left to themselves until rescued by a Patel family in the city, who he refers to with the Gujarati respect term bhai for ‘brother’. That Gujrati family came over to their hotel with all sorts of amazing Indian food.
(With Agency Inputs)