Picked in Pakistan's World Cup squad, opener Abid Ali, on Sunday, sought advice from Sachin Tendulkar ahead of the showpiece and said he wants to hug the Indian batting great .
The 31-year old was in prolific form in Pakistan's domestic cricket and broke into the national One-day squad for the World Cup after scoring a century on his debut against Australia in Dubai last month.
The immensely talented Abid bats in a manner similar to one of cricket's all-time greats.
"It's my wish and hope that I meet Sachin Tendulkar. Definitely, I would like to hug him and I am sure that just like all great players meet youngsters I am sure that he will not turn me down."
"I am sure that if I want to get any information on cricket from Sachin, he will give a positive reply," Abid told a group of journalists.
Abid said meeting his idol would be a memorable moment.
"It will be the best day in my life when I meet him (Tendulkar) because he was one of the best batsmen."
"West Indian Viv Richards was also a great so I want to meet all the great players and learn from them," he added.