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‘Chandu sir encouraged me to play my natural game’

Chandu Sir helped me with my technique right from when I was 16. He always kept a close eye on me,told me what I was doing wrong and gave me pointers on how to rectify my mistakes.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
July 22, 2009 4:40:20 am

“Chandu Sir helped me with my technique right from when I was 16. He always kept a close eye on me,told me what I was doing wrong and gave me pointers on how to rectify my mistakes. He never brought about a drastic change in my technique and allowed me to play my natural game. That was the key to my success,” said Sachin Tendulkar here on Tuesday.

Speaking at a function organised by the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) at the Balgandharva Rang Mandir to celebrate Indian cricketing legend Chandu Borde’s 75th birthday,the little master said,“He has influenced me greatly. What stood out was his passion for the game,as he never wanted anything in return for his invaluable advice.”

The function kicked off with a traditional Maharashtrian dance,followed by a description of Borde’s achievements. The other dignitaries present,including former cricketers Ajit Wadekar and Bapu Nadkarni,actor Nana Patekar and Mayor Rajlaxmi Bhosale,also had high praise for Borde.

Borde made his debut in the 1954/55 domestic season for Baroda against Gujarat in Ahmedabad. A valuable all-round cricketer,He was a member of the Indian team between 1958 and 1970. He led India in the first Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval in December 1967 and was the only Indian in the Rest of the World team that played against Barbados in a commemoration match the same year.

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Following his retirement,Borde became a cricket administrator,serving as the chairman of national selectors. He has been honoured with various awards for his contributions to cricket,on and off the field. He was conferred with the Arjuna Award (1966),Padma Shri (1969) and Padma Bhushan (2002). In 2006,the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) honoured him with the C K Nayudu Award.

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