India’s legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar is considered as one of the best cricketers in the world. Though he bid farewell to the captivating game in 2013, Tendulkar’s popularity hasn’t seen a downfall at all. Fans, as well as the cricket expers, still rate Tendulkar as the best batsman to have ever played the game.
From ordinary citizens to popular famous celebrities, all fall in one line when it comes to admiring the superstar of cricket. The list includes ‘Harry Potter’ fame Daniel Radcliffe as well. In fact, Radcliffe has been publicly vocal about his die-hard love for cricket.
Before he earned the life-changing role of the boy wizard, Radcliffe had a dream of playing for England’s cricket team one day. However, it couldn’t happen, and he followed his passion for performing arts.
Radcliffe remembers how he stood in a queue to get Tendulkar’s autograph. It happened in the year 2007 when Radcliffe went to witness the Test match between England and India at Lord’s cricket ground. It was the last day of the nail-biting game which ended in a draw.
Radcliffe got to meet the England team after the game was over and they even signed a book for the child artist. Then he got the autograph of ‘Master Blaster’. During a chat with TOI, Radcliffe had expressed his excitement for cricket.
“My friends and I were thrilled to meet Sachin and get his autograph. I am a huge fan; he is truly a legend,” said the Hollywood star.
The British actor had also revealed that he knows a lot about India, its culture and love for the fascinating game.
“I have heard and read a lot about India, especially Midnight’s Children, and would like to know more about the country. Indians are huge cricket fans, just like me. I wanted to visit India during the Cricket World Cup but got so caught up with my Broadway musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, that it left me with no time. But cricket or no cricket, I am certainly planning a trip to India soon,” Radcliffe had said.