THE Man Who Rejected(Created) Sachin tendulkar
Australian great Dennis Lillee on Monday recalled his firstmeeting with Sachin Tendulkar and said on a lighter notethat he did the game a "favour" by rejecting the batsmanwhen he went to the MRF Pace Foundation with an ambitionto become a fast bowler in the late 80s.Hoping to become a pacer, Tendulkar went to the MRF PaceFoundation in 1987. But his ambitions were crushed by thefoundation's coaching director Lillee, who advised the thenyoung Tendulkar to focus on his batting instead of bowling.Asked about his first encounter with Tendulkar, Lillee, who isbidding adieu to the MRF Pace Foundation after 25 years of service, said, "I actually feel very embarrassed because Irejected him as a fast bowler."I think I did him and the game of cricket a favour. I am just joking, but I will never forget (the incident).""When he came back a year later he was just 15 years or so.