The name of Abid Ali in the final Pakistan squad for the World Cup surprised cricket fans, given his novice newcomer status and doubts over his fitness. Nevertheless, it seems that the 31-year-old has finally got his chance to don the green jersey on the biggest stage, fresh from a century in his debut game versus Australia last month.
Making his name a part of the headlines once again, this time around Abid expressed his wish to meet batting guru Sachin Tendulkar, and hoped that despite strained political relations between the two countries, the ‘God of Cricket’ will take notice of his admiration and give him a hug alongside batting advice at the forthcoming World Cup.
“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," he said.
Talking about his batting inspirations, Abid also mentioned Mohammad Yousuf and current chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq in the same breath as Sachin. “Actually I have followed Sachin's technique from day one of my career and after watching him I tried to play like him. He was a great player, just like our own Inzamam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Yousuf,” he added.