June 11, 2010

Pakistan cricket

Tendulkar to 'bat' for Amin?

Akhila Ranganna

The prospect of making your debut for one’s country can be thrilling enough, but what could possibly add more excitement to it? Definitely, a helping hand from a legend of the game. Pakistan’s rookie batsman Umar Amin is looking forward to making a successful debut for his country in the upcoming Asia Cup and he plans to do it by playing with a bat that belonged to none other than Sachin Tendulkar.

The bat was gifted to Amin, who plays for Rawalpindi, by Shoaib Akhtar after Amin played well in a domestic game last year. “I got the bat for scoring a match-winning innings in a domestic game and I still have it with me," said Amin. “It is a treasured possession for me. I intend to make my debut for Pakistan with that bat.” The 20-year old Amin has been a prolific scorer for Pakistan at the domestic level and has also enjoyed success with the Pakistan U-19 and A teams.

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