New Delhi: It is a well-known fact cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar played his first game for India against Pakistan in 1989. However, what very few people know is that the master first tasted international cricket in 1987 playing for Pakistan against India.
This happened when a Tendulkar came on as a substitute fielder during an exhibition match against India at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai.
When two Pakistani players Javed Miandad and Abdul Qadir went off the ground during lunch time, 13-year-old Tendulkar was asked to take the field.
Pakistan skipper Imran Khan asked him to field at long-on. Soon, Kapil Dev skied a shot that Tendulkar tried to catch. Despite running 15 meters to cover ground, he could not complete that catch.
The 41-year-old wrote about this incident in his recently launched autobiography "Playing It My Way". However, Tendulkar is not quite sure if his "first" captain, Imran Khan remembers that incident.