Sydney, Nov 14 (ANI): A British businessman responsible for bringing Sachin Tendulkar to county side Yorkshire as its first non-white player has reminisced about how the Indian batting maestro left a legacy and made many friends during his time at the club, even though he did not rewrite any record books at Headingley in 1992.
Tendulkar has often admitted that a piece of him will always remain with Yorkshire and has described his unlikely allegiance with the county side as 'one of the greatest four-and-a-half months he has spent in his life'.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Solly Adam, whose extensive web of local-league contacts in old Bombay helped anoint Tendulkar as Yorkshire's first non-white player, recalled the Tendulkar of old, when he was simply a deferential teenage guest at his home instead of the Little Master of now.
Negating the more recent impressions of Tendulkar as the wary diplomat, Adam said that the Indian cricket star was a bubbly person and was more freer than he is now, adding that he used to drive around in small Honda car those days and still was not bothered by fans.
Stating that Tendulkar mixed with his family very easily and regarded them like his own, Adam also said that although Tendulkar's fleeting career at Yorkshire might be characterised as one of near-misses given that he was caught short either side of a century in the 80s three times and in the 90s twice, his time away from the field was very happy.
Adam, who has close family ties with Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar and established himself as the crucial conduit for a generation of players from India and Pakistan like Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, also said that although Tendulkar tended to keep himself reserved, he did not ever forget his friends.
Stating that Tendulkar respected him like a father, Adam revealed that Tendulkar could be strikingly generous with his time and always knew how to keep his feet on the floor, adding that Tendulkar had confided to him that his exposure to the English county system had made him eager to do better. (ANI)