The die-hard fan of the cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, Pakistan’s new opening batsman Abid Ali wants to take batting tips for the World Cup from the legend.
The 31-year old who smashed century on his debut One Day International match against Australia recently has been a prolific run scorer in Pakistan’s domestic cricket.
“It’s my wish and hope that I meet Sachin Tendulkar. Definitely, I would like to hug him and I am sure that just like all great players meet youngsters I am sure that he will not turn me down.
I am sure that if I want to get any information on cricket from Sachin, he will give a positive reply, “Abid said during interaction with journalists.
On the occasion Abid said it will be a memorable day when he meets his idol.
“It will be the best day in my life when I meet him (Tendulkar) because he was one of the best batsmen.
“West Indian Viv Richards was also a great so I want to meet all the great players and learn from them,” said Abid.
Abid said he had followed Tendulkar’s batting style from his early days.
“Actually I have followed Sachin’s technique from day one of my career and after watching him I tried to play like him. He was a great player, just like our own Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf.
“I adopt their good things and leave any bad thing. If I meet him I will try to talk to him and get some advice, mentally and technically, so that it helps me improve my batting.”
Abid said he will do his best to be known as a good batsman.
“Tendulkar’s record is awesome,” said Abid of the Indian master who retired in 2013.
“I will do my best as and when I get a chance to play for Pakistan and make a name for myself.”