Kunal Pradhan

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  • The boy who would be a legend

    Tendulkar has been the one constant in a changing world, says the writer.

    Dev and Azzu with their priceless jewel.It was the winter of 1986. In Lucknow's idyllic cantonment, my uncle Shyam Babu Saxena, a former cricketer in the Delhi University circuit and later a frequent visitor to the Mumbai maidans, was giving me throw-downs with a tennis ball on our terrace. In the middle of this practice session, he conspiratorially said that he was going to tell me something that I should write down, and never forget. He said it was the name of a boy who would one day be the greatest Indian batsman the world had ever known. I fetched a pencil and paper, as any eager eight-year-old would at the prospect of being handed down a secret of such untold value. Two decades later, I found that forgotten piece of paper nestled inside a Class III textbook. It bore the faded, misspelt legend: "Sachin Tendolkar".

    Sachin was 13 at the time. Over in Mumbai, young sports writer and later newspaper editor, Sunil Warrier, was interviewing him for Mid Day after his exploits in school tournaments. In his piece, a scanned copy

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  • Sourav’s final stand

    On the eve of his final Test match, former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly talks to Kunal Pradhan about his career, captaincy, controversies and 'youngistan'.

    On the eve of his final Test match, Ganguly talks to Kunal Pradhan about his career, captaincy, controversies and 'youngistan'

     

    Has it sunk in that this is your last Test?

     

    Totally. To be honest, I can't wait to go (laughs). When I decided to quit, it wasn't in haste. I knew exactly what it would mean. I prepared myself to accept that this was going to be it. I will have 113 Tests against my name, and no more.

    How difficult was it to make the decision?

     

    I'm sure it's never easy for anyone. But there were a lot of factors. I'd been left out of the Irani team, and I'd been out of the one-day side for a while. The fact that I wasn't playing ODIs played a big part. If I'd been playing in both forms of the game, perhaps I would've thought differently. I always wanted to leave on a high. There is no point being pushed around,

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