Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar is widely regarded as one of the greatest batters to have ever played cricket. The legendary cricketer holds the record for most runs in Tests and ODIs. He has also scored the most number of centuries (100) in international cricket.

Sachin has played many match-winning knocks during his illustrious career. However, one of his greatest innings came in Sharjah in 1998. Hee smashed 143 off 131 deliveries against Australia in an ODI. The explosive knock is popularly known as ‘Desert Storm in Sharjah’. The aggressive knock cemented Sachin’s stature as one of the greatest players in the game.

Over 24 years later, the former India batter has made a big revelation in an interview about an advertisement he was approached for right after the Sharjah tour.

As per Sachin, he rejected the ad because it was ‘disrespecting’ to the sport and had its script changed.

“It happened in 1998 after the desert storm tour in Sharjah. We came back and one of the sponsors wanted to shoot an ad where cricket balls were coming at me and with a fly swatter I’m hitting them outside the stadium. So, I turned down the ad. I said you have to change the script because this is disrespecting my sport and I worship my game. I will not be shooting for this ad,” Sachin revealed during the interview.

“Fortunately, they changed the script. I don’t think that after shooting that ad, I would have been able to go back home or even go back to my coach. That wasn’t something they had taught me. They had inculcated right values and I stand by those values,” the former Indian captain added.