Monday, January 7, 2013

Fan touches Sachin Tendulkar's feet

For fans in India, Sachin Tendulkar is "God of cricket." Whenever Tendulkar plays, fans follow every detail of his batting innings, be it a domestic game or international. On Sunday, when the Master Blaster reached to his century in Ranji Trophy quarter-finals against Baroda at Wankhede Stadium, a fan made a long trip from the stands to the pitch just to touch the feet of Tendulkar.

Tendulkar himself had said that he doesn't feel comfortable when fans touch his feet. A few years back, in an interview published in "OK!" magazine, he had this to say: "I used to receive letters written in blood...but not any more. It feels strange when a fan comes and touches your feet and says you are God. I don't feel comfortable with it, but it is the way they feel about you...that happened again just a couple of weeks ago actually."

The 39-year-old had to spend some awkward time on Sunday too when a fan touched his feet. Before the umpires could intervene and chase the fan away, the moment was captured on TV and by the shutterbugs at the stadium. Tendulkar resumed his innings and was bowled for 108, his 80th first-class century. This was his first game since retiring from One Day Internationals and he hit form ahead of Australia Test series. Fans are happy to see the Master back.