Omar Abdullah recalls 'special' moments with Sachin Tendulkar

The Jammu and Kashmir chief minister's eldest son and Sachin's daughter were born on the same day in a Mumbai hospital.

Updated: November 05, 2013 19:14 IST
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Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said he shared a special bond with batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, who will retire on November 18, as their children were born on the same day in a Mumbai hospital.

"You can not replace Sachin Tendulkar. India will continue win matches but a Sachin Tendulkar-like personality cannot be replaced in cricket," Omar said.

Recollecting the special association with the cricket legend, Omar said, "There are two moments that I will remember for life. Sachin's daughter and my eldest son were born on the same day, in the same hospital in Mumbai.

"Our hospital rooms were next to each other. That time no one knew me; I had not entered politics. But everyone knew Sachin Tendulkar."

Omar further said, "When we went for birth registration, he was standing in front of me. While leaving, I just congratulated him, and he thanked me and left. I am sure he might not remember this, but I remember it very well."

The chief minister added, "I had met him once then I was MoS External Affairs --- and he had come to South Africa to play a match -- our High Commissioner had hosted a dinner for him.

"I was also invited and I will never forget that day because one hardly gets a chance to sit near him and talk to him."

On Sachin's last test match and his retirement on November 18, Omar said "It is impossible to imagine that such an important factor, who has made cricket popular on the world map, will be playing his last Test match a few days from now. (Fever 199: Only for Sachin)

"I doubt whether India or the world will ever produce another Sachin Tendulkar -- but I do hope that Sachin will use his immense talent to try and develop more cricketing talents in India."

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