Asia Cup 2012 March 16, 2012

A veteran gets to shoot Tendulkar's big moment

As dozens of reporters watched Sachin Tendulkar wend his way towards the 100th, from the terrace of the media centre, a chair was brought out and placed near the safety railing so that it provided an almost perfect straight-on view of the action
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As dozens of reporters watched Sachin Tendulkar wend his way towards the 100th, from the terrace of the media centre, a chair was brought out and placed near the safety railing so that it provided an almost perfect straight-on view of the action. Soon after, a doctor and two assistants helped an elderly bald man with a lush white beard sit in the chair. He was clearly ill and his health was regularly monitored by the doctor. He even threw up, but stayed in the chair watching the game. A camera was placed in his hand, and the man peered through it at the action.

He was Al Haj Mahammad Zahirul Haq, a veteran photojournalist for the Bangla daily Aaj Kaal, and had been the official photographer of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the first president of Bangladesh. Around 80 years old, Zahirul Haq is diabetic and hypertensive, and was feeling unwell on the day; but being a huge fan of Sachin Tendulkar, he wanted to be at the stadium to capture the moment when the landmark was achieved. Despite struggling to keep the camera in place, he managed to fulfil his dream of photographing the landmark. Immediately after, he was rushed off to the hospital for more thorough checks on his health. Talk about dedication.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • shane on March 22, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Poor guy must be proud and a happy man now!

  • dinesh on March 20, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Wow! salute to the dedication! cricket really transcends borders, even erases them for sometime. Sachin has "Such in" impact on the game..

  • Lachhman.I.Bhagchandani. on March 19, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    The cricketer like Sachin Tendulkar i dont think we will not see to any other cricketer like him.

  • Mervo on March 19, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    I wish someone could please explain to me the significance of a 100 'tons', when half are in ODIs with small fields, slow wickets and fielding restrictions-they are not even considered officially first class games. Has Tundulkar scored a 100 first class centuries, like Boycott did? That is a record!

  • panduka on March 19, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    this is the type of dedication that is weaning away, due T20 gimmics, match fixing, political influence etc. a good artical compared with the usal stuff repeating the live commentary.

  • Fahad on March 18, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Where is the position of Shachin among his fans??? This is just a clear view of that. what a love what a passion????????

  • Neal O'Donnell on March 18, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    My heartfelt congratulations to Sachin Tendulkar on his 100th... he is one of my favourite cricketers...

  • Gokul on March 18, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    A perfect example of Mind Over Matter!

  • Ravi Sharma on March 18, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    I am REALLY happy that this man got what was perhaps a dream come true.....Good KArma!!!

  • Saad Sultan on March 17, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    What an inspiring man Sachin Tendulkar is! And this is just another piece of evidence confirming what he means to the world. And what leaves me gasping is that he himself probably doesn't think much of it! It's been an honor watching him all these years, and seeing that God does indeed favor the humble. Yet another amazing achievement! Can't imagine what else the little master has in store for us, and can't wait to see it!

  • shane on March 22, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Poor guy must be proud and a happy man now!

  • dinesh on March 20, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Wow! salute to the dedication! cricket really transcends borders, even erases them for sometime. Sachin has "Such in" impact on the game..

  • Lachhman.I.Bhagchandani. on March 19, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    The cricketer like Sachin Tendulkar i dont think we will not see to any other cricketer like him.

  • Mervo on March 19, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    I wish someone could please explain to me the significance of a 100 'tons', when half are in ODIs with small fields, slow wickets and fielding restrictions-they are not even considered officially first class games. Has Tundulkar scored a 100 first class centuries, like Boycott did? That is a record!

  • panduka on March 19, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    this is the type of dedication that is weaning away, due T20 gimmics, match fixing, political influence etc. a good artical compared with the usal stuff repeating the live commentary.

  • Fahad on March 18, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Where is the position of Shachin among his fans??? This is just a clear view of that. what a love what a passion????????

  • Neal O'Donnell on March 18, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    My heartfelt congratulations to Sachin Tendulkar on his 100th... he is one of my favourite cricketers...

  • Gokul on March 18, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    A perfect example of Mind Over Matter!

  • Ravi Sharma on March 18, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    I am REALLY happy that this man got what was perhaps a dream come true.....Good KArma!!!

  • Saad Sultan on March 17, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    What an inspiring man Sachin Tendulkar is! And this is just another piece of evidence confirming what he means to the world. And what leaves me gasping is that he himself probably doesn't think much of it! It's been an honor watching him all these years, and seeing that God does indeed favor the humble. Yet another amazing achievement! Can't imagine what else the little master has in store for us, and can't wait to see it!

  • ST on March 17, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    And what did those moments look like? It'd have been nice if you included a couple of the pics.

  • Premal kansara on March 17, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Nobody is left out from the magic of this Master.

  • naveen yadava on March 17, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    congrats to master. stop writing against master.

  • karthikeyan.P on March 17, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Great commitment to his profession like the little master.

  • Dan on March 17, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Absolute LAD.

  • papu on March 17, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    sachin to centurary karte he lekin bowler unka saath nehni dete

  • lalit kumar on March 17, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    zahirul god bless you and best of luck always !

  • jitesh on March 17, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    God bless him with good health.

  • Omer Riaz on March 17, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Tendulkars Lucky 100 proving fatal for India once again....

  • Vimalan on March 17, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    truly inspiring and more inspiring is the Man who inspires this kind of emotions from everywhere he goes.

  • Centur-dulkar on March 16, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    NOW that was an awesome story ---- kudos, SidRav !

  • satyajeet jadhav on March 16, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    Such moments, keep the romance of the game alive. Thank you Sachin Tendulkar and Al Haj Mahammad Zahirul Haq.

  • hariharan on March 16, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    baiya u make our country proud...congrates

  • anonymous on March 16, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    it doesn't matter where ever you are from we know how to value sheer talent, its just an example of Bangladeshi people's kind nature heart, unlike some arrogant lunatics !!

  • Wafi Aziz Sattar on March 16, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Everything in the world can take out the photography from a man, but nothing can take out the passion for photography from him. My respect for this elderly gentleman. It is people like this who make us photographers never give up.

  • Rony Patra on March 16, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    This is a classic case of "one master cheering another"! :)

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  • Rony Patra on March 16, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    This is a classic case of "one master cheering another"! :)

  • Wafi Aziz Sattar on March 16, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    Everything in the world can take out the photography from a man, but nothing can take out the passion for photography from him. My respect for this elderly gentleman. It is people like this who make us photographers never give up.

  • anonymous on March 16, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    it doesn't matter where ever you are from we know how to value sheer talent, its just an example of Bangladeshi people's kind nature heart, unlike some arrogant lunatics !!

  • hariharan on March 16, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    baiya u make our country proud...congrates

  • satyajeet jadhav on March 16, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    Such moments, keep the romance of the game alive. Thank you Sachin Tendulkar and Al Haj Mahammad Zahirul Haq.

  • Centur-dulkar on March 16, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    NOW that was an awesome story ---- kudos, SidRav !

  • Vimalan on March 17, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    truly inspiring and more inspiring is the Man who inspires this kind of emotions from everywhere he goes.

  • Omer Riaz on March 17, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Tendulkars Lucky 100 proving fatal for India once again....

  • jitesh on March 17, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    God bless him with good health.

  • lalit kumar on March 17, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    zahirul god bless you and best of luck always !