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Back To Deuce?

Back To Deuce?

What if Tendulkar had stuck to his early passion, tennis? Would Indian cricket be the winning side it is today?

Back To Deuce? Photograph by SEBASTIAN D’SOUZA/AFP

In 1981, John McEnroe became Wimbledon champion, ending Bjorn Borg’s five-year reign. Some seven thousand kilometres away in the Mumbai suburb of Bandra, an eight-year-old thus found his hero. Sachin Tendulkar (already an aggressive brat with a penchant for beating up older boys) decided he was going to be McEnroe.

He moved around with a racquet in hand. The curly hair was already in place, and the headband screamed out his obsession. Wristbands completed the picture. The nickname followed. Tendulkar was ‘Mac’.

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