Jaffer says Tendulkar a man of his word

The Mumbai stalwart pays tribute to the master.

Jaffer and Tendulkar in practice ahead of the Ranji game in Lahli.

One of Sachin Tendulkar's many qualities is that he honours his commitments which is a result of his upbringing, says his Mumbai Ranji Trophy teammate Wasim Jaffer.

Jaffer, under whom Tendulkar has played domestic cricket, says there have been times when the batting great had not been well but he still turned up for players' benefit matches because he had promised to do so, and even scored centuries.

"When he enters the field you don't need any other motivation. He is a great motivating factor. I have also seen him living up to his commitments. He never disappoints his fans. I have seen this throughout his career," Jaffer, here for the Mumbai-Haryana Ranji Trophy game, told Mail Today. "Whether it is a benefit match or a Ranji game, he tries to ensure that spectators go back happy," he said.

Jaffer felt this quality comes from the way Tendulkar has been brought up.

"It has been seen that when some people achieve something they often become a bit arrogant. But Sachin has remained humble and grounded. His humility is praiseworthy," he said.

"It is perhaps because of these qualities that he has achieved so much. His nature and cricketing achievements go hand in hand. I am sure his upbringing is responsible for this."

Jaffer, who played 31 Tests and two ODIs, distinctly remembers the bat and gloves that Tendulkar presented to him very early in his career, during the Buchi Babu Tournament in Chennai.

"Tendulkar was India captain and he came to meet Mumbai captain Sameer Dighe as the Indian team was in Chennai on its way to Sri Lanka. He presented a bat and gloves to me and three or four other players. I was very happy and in awe of him at the time," Jaffer recalled.

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