Sachin Tendulkar once happened to play for Pakistan before he started playing for India!!! Yes, it is true. This incident took place during a practice match between the rival nations India and Pakistan at the Brabourne Stadium in 1987. Tendulkar came onto the field as a substitute fielder for Pakistan.
Can you imagine Sachin Tendulkar playing for Pakistan before India? He was just a 13-year-old boy when he made his international debut as a fielder.
Sachin Tendulkar once fielded for Pakistan that was playing a speacial match against India in Mumbai in 1987, two years before he made his international debut. The former cricketer, who turns 45 today, recalled in his autobiography that Javed Miandad and Abdul Qadir had left the field during lunch, after which he was asked to field for the visiting team.
This happened during a practice match between India and Pakistan at the Brabourne Stadium in 1987 where Tendulkar came on the field as a substitute fielder for Pakistan.
It was an exhibition match between Indians and Pakistanis to mark the golden jubilee of Cricket Club of India. The venue was Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. It was a 40 overs-a-side match and played before the five-Test series, which was Sunil Gavaskar’s last. Tendulkar, still a little over three months away from his 14th birthday, was excited when the opportunity to the field came. Ravi Shastri led the Indian team that included Roger Binny, Mohd Azharuddin and Bharat Arun. They chased down the required 189 runs to win the match.
Sachin fielded for 25 minutes for Pakistan before he began a 24-year epic journey in Indian colours.
The 'God of Cricket', Tendulkar, played 200 matches and amassed 15,921 Test runs. The right-handed Mumbai batsman slammed 51 centuries and 68 half centuries in his illustrious career spanning 24 years.