The stoic supporter
When Sachin Tendulkar equalled Sunil Gavaskar's record for most first-class centuries at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday, former India player Gursharan Singh would have remembered another Irani Cup match 23 years ago. In an interview with Mid Day, the batsman, who played just one Test for India, recounts his contribution to Tendulkar's maiden Irani Cup hundred, a few days before his first Test tour to Pakistan.
"Raj Singh asked me, 'why don't you pad up?' I was surprised and told him. 'Sir, I cannot bat.' He then asked me to put my left hand to use and support Sachin so that he gets his century."