A practice video his parents uploaded on social media turned out to be a life-changing experience for five-year-old Sachin Tendulkar fan SK Shahid, who recently got to spend five days training with the maestro himself. Shahid, whose father works in a hair salon, recently became an internet sensation when a video of his stroke training last month caught the attention of international media and the late Shane Warne. Warne, who died last week of a suspected heart attack, also wished him good luck for the future.
It also caught the eye of the man who idolize Shahid, the now retired Tendulkar, and before he knew it, the Kolkata-dwelling boy was at the Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy with the iconic batter on hand to cheer him on and even some to share. tips.
“My son is five years old. His role model is Sachin Sir and it was his dream to see him. He wants to be a cricketer. Seeing only him was his dream, but what Sachin Sir did, even a thank you is less,” said Shahid’s father Shaikh Shamser telephoned PTI on Friday.
“We had uploaded a video of Shahid on our Twitter handle. This video was tweeted by Fox Cricket, an Australian channel.
“The channel tagged Tendulkar, former England captain Michael Vaughan and the late Shane Warne. We have a feeling that Tendulkar saw this video and a member of his team contacted us,” recalled Shaikh.
Tendulkar took care of all expenses during Shahid and his family’s visit to Mumbai and arranged their stay in a guest house.
Shahid’s father wanted his son to receive professional training and Tendulkar fulfilled that wish.
“He took us to the academy where Shahid trained for five days, along with other activities, including swimming. We were also given a routine and schedule, which we follow at home,” Shaikh said.
So what exactly did the master blaster tell Shahid? “He gave advice on which balls to play on the back foot, which balls on the front foot, he showed that. They also showed how catches are taken and then how the bat and grip are held.” Shaikh recalled.
“They showed us everything. They even said that the boy has a natural talent and that he would go far. This all happened recently,” added his father, referring to the trip to Mumbai last month.
Asked about the boy’s future, Shaikh said they are now looking for a good club where the child can be enrolled for professional coaching.
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