Tendulkar to 'bat' for Amin?
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.
Akhila Ranganna is assistant editor (Audio) at ESPNcricinfo