March 16, 2012

Asia Cup 2012

A veteran gets to shoot Tendulkar's big moment

Siddarth Ravindran
Veteran Bangladeshi photographer Al Haj Mahammad Zahirul Haq watches Sachin Tendulkar reach his 100th ton, Bangladesh v India, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 16, 2012
Al Haj Mahammad Zahirul Haq, around 80, was determined to capture Sachin Tendulkar reaching his 100th ton  © ESPNcricinfo Ltd
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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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Posted by shane on (March 22, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

Poor guy must be proud and a happy man now!

Posted by 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..

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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!

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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????????

Posted by 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...

Posted by Gokul on (March 18, 2012, 2:00 GMT)

A perfect example of Mind Over Matter!

Posted by 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!!!

Posted by 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!

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