Sachin Tendulkar: How an internet sensation youngster found up practicing with cricket the legend.
S K Shahid, a five-year-old Sachin Tendulkar enthusiast, had a life-changing event after his parents posted a practice video on social media. He just spent five days training with the master himself. Shahid, whose father owns a hair shop, recently became an internet phenomenon after a video of his batting practice drew the attention of worldwide media and also the late Shane Warne. Warne, who died of a suspected heart attack last week, also wished him well in the future. Sachin Tendulkar: How an internet sensation youngster found up practicing with cricket the legend.
It also got the attention of Shahid’s idol, the now-retired Tendulkar, and before Shahid knew it, he was at the Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy, where the legendary batter was personally present to encourage him and even give him some suggestions.
“I have a five-year-old son. Sachin Sir is his role model, and seeing him was a dream come true for him. He aspires to be a cricketer. Even a thank you is insufficient for what Sachin Sir accomplished;” Shahid’s father Shaikh Shamser told PTI over the phone on Friday.
“On our Twitter account, we had posted a video of Shahid. Fox Cricket, an Australian sports channel, tweeted this video.
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Tendulkar, former England captain Michael Vaughan, and the late Shane Warne were all labeled by the channel. We believe Tendulkar watched the video and contacted us through a member of his staff,” Shaikh said. During Shahid and his family’s visit to Mumbai Tendulkar covered all of their bills and arranged for their lodging at a guesthouse.
Tendulkar also fulfilled Shahid’s father’s ambition for his kid to receive professional training.
“He drove us to the academy, where Shahid trained for five days and participated in other sports; such as swimming.” We’ve also been given a routine and a timetable to follow at home,” Shaikh explained.
So, what did the master blaster have to say to Shahid? “He advised on which balls to play on the back foot and which balls to play on the front foot; and he demonstrated that.” They also demonstrated how catches are made; as well as how to hold the bat and grip,” Shaikh said.
“They showed us everything,” says the narrator. They even stated that the youngster have inherent potential and that he will achieve great success. “It all happened recently,” his father added, referring to his recent trip to Mumbai.
When asked what the boy’s next steps are, Shaikh replied they; are looking for a decent club where he can be enrolled for professional coaching.