The five members committee that selects The master blaster indian team comprised chairman of selection committee Raj Singh Dungarpur , Akash Lal , Ramesh Saxena , Gundappa Vishwanath and Naren Tamhane.
Akash Lal one of the members of the Selection panel remembers every minute detail of that meeting that changes the fortunes of indian cricket team.
“It may be nearly 25 years since that selection meeting in Mumbai but I still remember it wasn’t an unanimous decision. Ultimately, it went in favour of Sachin by 3-2 verdict and he was selected in the Indian team” ,
“It’s not fair to name them but at least two selectors were worried to blood a 16-year-old against the likes of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, who were the fastest bowlers during that time. Also there was Imran Khan and Abdul Qadir,”
“But we argued that he had the technique to counter them and younger we put him out there in the middle, longer he will serve the country,” stated Lal who feel that Sunil Gavaskar and former England captain Peter May are quite good when it came to technique against fast bowler .
Tamhane had first saw sachin’s game when he was playing a Kanga League game in mumbai , but he distictly remembers the irani trophy game where he scored a century for rest of india. “It was a flawless knock from a 16-year-old. Each and every shot had an aristocratic value. What I found at that age was his dedication. There was nothing else that mattered apart from hard practice
“He was humble and ready to learn. He has never spoken ill about anybody and not for once did he indulge in any politicking. That was hallmark of a great human being,” he said.