No doubt Sachin Tendulkar is one of the inspiration for many worldwide. His batting display is loved and appreciated by millions.
Joe Root reveals that he during his childhood days admired Sachin Tendulkar so much that he came to watch a Test at Headingley in the hope of seeing Sachin Tendulkar bat for India. But he was disappointed not to find him bat for long.
It dates back in 2002 when Tendulkar played a gem of an innings scoring 193 at Leeds, England. Rahul Dravid (148) and Sourav Ganguly (128) also scored hundreds and was the first time that these Indian legends ever scored a 100 on a single day. India won the match by an innings.
“I remember coming here as a young boy watching Yorkshire in a Roses game,” Root recollected.”Obviously, I wanted to be a part of it straight away. The first Test match (I saw at Headingley) was against India. I think they only lost one wicket all day, India. I was desperate for Sachin to get in.”
“I’ve watched a lot of cricket over the years here and now to get the opportunity to lead England here is obviously very special,” said Root.
“To be at home, a place where I’ve played a lot of cricket, grown up learning the game, watching the game, it means a lot,” added Root.
After a 3-1 win against South Africa under Root’s captaincy this would be the first time he would lead England on home grounds against the Indies.
“I don’t think so. I’m sure there will be (friends and family coming along), there’s a strong contingent coming up from Sheffield so it should be a good week.” said the captain.
He voiced excitement to play his game and lead his team on his home ground. That would be more special if he breaks AB de Villiers’s all-time record of scoring fifties in 12 successive Tests.
“This is just a great chance to come home and hopefully go out and make a big score.” he concluded.