April 27, 2012 1:21:26 am
On a pleasant Thursday evening,when Mumbai Indians were busy at the nets,trying to find answers for the defeat they endured against Delhi Daredevils at Wankhede,journalists and shutterbugs present at the Ferozeshah Kotla practice area had an agenda different to their usual routine. Every scribe,without exception wanted a quote from Sachin Tendulkar while each shutterbug focused his lens on the former Mumbai skipper for that one off-beat picture opportunity. For Tendulkar had just accepted the Government of Indias proposal to become a Rajya Sabha MP.
But before the news rolled out,the future MP was seen knocking white kookaburra balls,with the thought of this new avenue apparently hovering no where near him. The Delhi match on Friday looked a bigger concern for the 39-year-old. With Rahul Sanghvi and former state mate Paras Mahambrey rolling their arms,Tendulkar showed intent to middle every ball initially,and later on,played everything with the straight face of the bat. Only once he got into the groove,did he start playing the more demanding shots of the T20 format the slog sweep and lofted drives.
As he walked past the media section after finishing his batting session,Tendulkar paid no heed to the burning question: Whether its a precursor to his retirement? Instead,coach Shaun Pollock dismissed the query by saying that he had no knowledge about the Indian Parliament,and moreover MP for him meant My Player.
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