The highs of Sharjah '98 and the lows of Chennai '99
Former India coach and batsman Anshuman Gaekwad, in Cricket Country, shares some of his experiences with Sachin Tendulkar - including the batsman's famous centuries at Sharjah, dealing with his father's death, the agonising defeat against Pakistan in Chennai, and his performances as a captain.
I remember at Sharjah in 1998 we needed to beat Australia in the last qualifying game. I was busy talking to the batsmen and asked them to take the responsibility. I told Tendulkar: "You will have to bat exceptionally well to chase this big total." To which he replied: "I'll do it." And didn't he play a wonderful knock! He single-handedly took India to the final scoring 143. We all were mesmerised by the special hundred. On the way back while getting into the team hotel, I told Tendulkar: "You will have to score in the final as well." He replied confidently: "I'll do it for you." And he kept up his promise. His 134 proved pivotal in the run-chase as India clinched the trophy.