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Tendulkar once shared valuable advice with Mike Gatting on his bat

The former England captain met the Master Blaster during England’s tour of India in 1993.

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Aug 21, 2019, 10.03 AM IST
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​In 1986, Sachin Tendulkar was curious about Mike Gatting’s bat.​
In 1986, Sachin Tendulkar was curious about Mike Gatting’s bat.
Mike Gatting, the 62-year-old former England captain, was in Mumbai a few days ago. During a book launch at the Royal Bombay Yacht Club, he spoke about a memorable conversation he had with Sachin Tendulkar during England’s tour of India in 1993.

Tendulkar was 20, and already a superstar. Gatting was a battle-scarred 36-year-old, known for his gutsy batting which almost won England the 1987 World Cup. A year prior to that, he was left with a broken nose after being hit by a Malcolm Marshall bouncer.

Gatting and Tendulkar met in the nets before a match. The Indian was curious about his English counterpart’s bat.

“I remember a lovely incident with him as a young man at a one-day match,” said Gatting, dressed in a classic blue blazer and white shirt. “He came up to me and said, ‘Mr Gatting, can I have a look at your bat?’ I was never called Mr Gatting before. I said, ‘Sure’.”

Tendulkar then gave Gatting a suggestion. “After seeing my bat, he said to me, ‘Mr Gatting, your middle is very high up in your bat. You must find it very difficult to bat in India. You need to have it lower in the bat as the wickets are so low’. It was a fascinating scenario as he was genuinely interested. And was almost trying to help us,” Gatting said.

Though Gatting did not take that advice, in hindsight, he admitted at the event that it was a sound suggestion. Some meetings create an impression on a person and this one with Tendulkar was one of those for the Englishman.

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