Sachin Tendulkar’s 50th birthday: Mohammed Kaif recalls Master Blaster’s influence on his career

As well wishes poured in from all around the world for Tendulkar on his 50th birthday on Monday, Kaif recalled a small story of how the Master Blaster wowed him with his meticulous approach, way back in 2002.

“I remember when I made my ODI debut in Kanpur, there was a sports day celebration at school and someone asked me to get a message from Sachin Tendulkar,” Kaif recalled in an interaction with PTI.

Kaif requested the cricket icon to write “two lines” for the children, and in turn, he came up with a 15-line message. “Back in those days, you did not have a mobile phone with you, that you could record and send anything. So, he wrote a letter himself,” Kaif continued.

“I told him, ‘Paaji you just need to write two lines’, but he went on to write as many as 15 lines to wish the school kids.” “This highlighted the fact that if you ask him to do even a small favour, he would do it in a proper way,” Kaif added.

“He was a great player but an equally humble person. We say that when a tree starts bearing fruits, it bends down. Sachin saab has been like that for me in my career,” Kaif, who is commentating for Star Sports in the ongoing IPL, said.

“We all were lucky to have got to play with him and we learned a lot from him. He was a role model for everyone; not just me, but for (MS) Dhoni, (Virat) Kohli, Rohit Sharma and they all take his name. “India was lucky to have unearthed such a great player and I want to thank him,” Kaif signed off.

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