India seamer Irfan Pathan said he will miss Sachin Tendulkar’s valuable tips at mid-on or mid-off while taking his run up after the veteran bids goodbye following his last Test against the West Indies next month.
At the start of my career,he has helped me a lot. Whenever I used to bowl,he used to tell me what length to bowl for a reverse swing, said Pathan. “I have learnt a lot from him. Not just bowling,I have learnt a lot about batting too. I have seen him closely for nine years in the dressing room and (observed) how he carries himself and how he behaves off the field. He is an ideal role model for all the cricketers. I will miss all these. But definitely on the field,I would miss the big cricketer at mid-on,mid-off,” he added.
He hoped the crowd give Tendulkar the best-ever farewell. “No one even came close to it (200 Test matches). It will be a huge event. I really hope that the crowd give him the best send off any player would have got,as he deserves that. I hope it becomes the biggest event when he plays his 200th game,” Pathan told reporters at the sidelines of the Reliance 2013 India Junior and Cadet Open event.
Asked how he reacted to the news of Tendulkar’s retirement,the 28-year-old said,When you hear it for the first time,when he announced his retirement,a player like Sachin Tendulkar,who has given so much not only to Indian cricketers but the people around the world,you do feel sad. I felt sad when I heard it, he said.
The Baroda all-rounder was ruled out of the recent NKP Salve Challenger Trophy due to a rib injury and Pathan said he was planning to hire a personal physio to prevent injuries.
In the city for the launch of the table tennis tournament,he said the sport is good for hand-eye coordination and often plays. I have a table at home and I enjoy playing whenever I get the chance. It’s also good for the hand-eye coordination,and so it is a useful game for cricketers as well, he said.