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Solapur waiter took a loan to watch Tendulkar bat

November 14, 2013 16:40 IST

Solapur waiter took a loan to watch Tendulkar bat

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Sonil Dedhia

Hailing from a small village in the district of Solapur in Maharashtra, Yashwant Patil had just one dream: to watch Sachin Tendulkar bat one last time.

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Patil has hand written and maintained Tendulkar’s career records just like any cricket statistician does.

"I met Sachin during the India-England match. I waited outside his house. He came and saw my diary and was really impressed," he told rediff.com, adding the batting ace was impressed with his work.

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Patil works as a waiter in a small restaurant in his village and earns measly Rs 5000 a month. He started collecting money for the batting icon’s farewell 200th Test last month, but it was not enough for him to buy a ticket and meet the expenses for the trip to Mumbai.

Thus, he took a loan of Rs 5000 and came to Mumbai on Wednesday only to learn that tickets for the match were sold out.


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But to his good luck, looking at the fan diary he maintains a person gifted him a ticket just an hour before the match started on Thursday.

Patil has also published some articles in a local newspaper in Solapur and plans to meet Tendulkar at the team hotel after the end of the first day’s play in the Test.




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