God of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar made his international debut against Pakistan in 1989 as a 16-year-old. He is the youngest player to play international cricket. However, He played his international match way before that. That too he played for our forever rival team Pakistan when he is just 13 years old. So, We are bringing you Sachin Tendulkar Played For Pakistan story as a Sachin’s birthday special.
Actually, It was an exhibition match between India and Pakistan to mark the golden jubilee of the cricket club of India. Which happened in Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai on January 20, 1987. It was a 40 overs-a-side match and played before the five-Test series, which was Sunil Gavaskar’s last.
Marcus Couto, Sachin’s childhood friend, BCCI umpire revealed the things that happened on this day “Some of the Pakistan players were going to the team hotel to rest. Imran Khan came to Hemant Kenkre (CCI captain) and said that he was short of players and if he could get three-four players to field.” At this point, two players were available one is Khushru Vasania and the other is cricket god Sachin Tendulkar.
“Sachin saw Hemant and asked in Marathi ‘Me Zaaoo Ka?’ (‘Can I go’). Before Hemant could nod his head, Sachin was already in the field as a substitute for Pakistan. It was towards the end of the match and Sachin was on the field for about 25 minutes.”
However, Sachin was disappointed for placing him at the boundary line and the balls hit which was gone over his head for sixes and he is not able to catch any. Indian players didn’t know that Sachin is actually playing for the Pakistan team. Later they got to know Sachin was played for Pakistan.
Sachin also proved why he is the god of cricket by answering this little question to the media. The media asked, You are the most senior player, Why are you doing this 12th man job. Sachin responded It is not important for me that I am doing the role of an opener or 12th man, What is important for me I am playing for the team and whatever my team required I feel proud in doing this.