Sachin Tendulkar, during his vast and illustrious career, emerged as the flagbearer of Indian cricket. His consistency and impressive batting record made him attain the status of ‘The God’ in India. Along with Indian fans, he earned the respect and love from cricket fanatics across the whole world.
During Tendulkar’s era, he was the role model for every aspiring cricketer who wanted to break at the international stage. Bangladesh’s Mohammad Ashraful, who was a ball boy in international matches, first saw the glimpse of Tendulkar’s batting at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. He even took pictures with the ‘Master Blaster’ at that time.
Years after the incident, Ashraful showed the picture to Tendulkar and the Tendulkar was left surprised after seeing the photo. Ashraful revealed the whole story when he came on YouTube live with renowned sports journalist Noman Mohammad.
Ashraful had invited everyone including Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh and the then video analyst of Mumbai Indians to his house. The Bangladesh international was amazed after seeing Tendulkar eating at his home. Ashraful had anticipated that Tendulkar might eat less as he has a very controlled personality in real life.
However, to Ashraful’s surprise, Tendulkar ate a lot. Ashraful revealed that Tendulkar ate all the items his mother cooked, from bread, polao, rice, fish, meat, vegetables to yoghurt and sweets.
“Believe me, Sachin ate all the items my mother cooked. Then he also ate a lot of yoghurt and sweets. I couldn’t ask Sachin how he could eat so much,” said Ashraful during the interaction.
Ashraful also revealed that at one point Sachin himself said, “I eat less most of the time. I eat a loaf of vegetables. But sometimes I eat. I eat as much as I can on the day when I wish to eat.”
Ashraful has donned the Bangladesh jersey in 177 ODIs where he has scored 3498 runs along with scalping 18 wickets. The middle-order batsman also has three tons and 20 half-centuries under his belt. Talking about his performance with the red ball, Ashraful has represented the national side in 61 Tests where he has amassed 2737 runs along with scalping 21 wickets. The right-hander also has six tons and eight-half centuries in Test cricket.