When Tendulkar was stumped by little 'Osama'

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Updated: Thursday, December 13, 2012, 12:59 [IST]
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Kolkata, Dec 3: Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, having played Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Shoaib Akhtar with ease, was stumped by a little boy during the tour of Pakistan in the year 2003-2004.

Sachin Tendulkar, who was present at the pictorial book launch of 'The PEAK' by Bengali photojournalist Suman Chattopadhyay on Sunday at Kolkata, relived one of the off-field moments, which had actually stumped the batting maestro.

During the 2003-04 tour of Pakistan, Sachin Tendulkar had visited the Shaukat khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre where he stood beside the bed of a little boy, when he asked for his name.

"What's your name?" asked the legendary cricketer, who had visited the Cancer research centre during his visit to Pakistan in 2003-2004.

Meanwhile, the kid's sister had said "He would scare you by his name."

Curious to know the kid's name, Tendulkar insisted the little boy to reveal his name, when the kid actually 'stumped' the little master as the kid said, "I'm Osama".

This being one of the incidents, Sachin Tendulkar added that plenty of such moments, and the funds raised due to the same will go for charity.

"The book has some incredible moments of my life. It will also raise money for charity," said Tendulkar, during the book launch at Kolkata on Sunday.

Tendulkar at the launch of the book 'The Peak' at Kolkata

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar looks at his photograph with his mother during a book launch of 'The Peak', by photojournalist Suman Chattopadhyay at Kolkata on Sunday.

Tendulkar, Yuvraj at a book launch

Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh during the book launch at Kolkata on Sunday

Tendulkar at the launch of the book 'The Peak'

Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar at a book launch at Kolkata on Sunday.

Sachin Tendulkar autographs his book

Sachin Tendulkar autographs his book as Yuvraj Singh looks on during a book launch in Kolkata on Sunday.

While addressing the gathering, the veteran batsman also recollected his father's golden words,that nothing is permanent in life.

"My father used to tell me that "Nothing is permanent in life but one thing remains forever: your nature and the kind of person you are... Everybody remembers you for that," Tendulkar said.

Also present at the event, Marathi sports journalist Sunandan Lele who has also contributed a lot to the book, having written all the captions for the photographs, said that "Tendulkar is always up for charity. If one industrialist asks him for an appointment, he may delay it but he always has time for the underprivileged."

India's Yuvraj Singh, who has made a successful comeback having battled cancer, also present at the event, said that Sachin Tendulkart was his role model and the nation's hero.

"We all looked up to him. He is my hero, the nation's hero. But the most important thing is he is also a great man," Yuvraj Singh


Story first published:  Monday, December 3, 2012, 10:36 [IST]
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