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Sachin urged Mahmudullah to get a sponsor





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|| CF Correspondent ||

Bangladesh T20 skipper Mahmudullah revealed that Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar insisted his agent to fix a deal for him during his early days.

Mahmudullah disclosed a story that happened back in 2008 after he played well against India following his debut in the previous year.

According to sources former India skipper and batting great Tendulkar once praised Mahmudullah and said that he will be the next big thing for the Bangladesh team while he was leaving after the series.

Though Mahmudullah could not remember any such incident he disclosed a story that suggested he caught the eye of the Indian legend in his early days at international cricket.

Mahmudullah said during a Facebook live that in 2008 one day he was returning home from practice and suddenly had a call from the agent of Tendulkar who told him that Sachin has recommended him to be the sponsor of Adidas, the second-largest sportswear manufacturer in the world.

Mahmudullah who was young and had no sponsor at that time turned speechless by hearing it.

"Actually, this is the first time I'm hearing it from you. Thank you for giving me such a big compliment. I'm feeling so good, thank you very much," Mahmudullah said when he was informed about Sachin’s remark about his future.

"I've played against him probably in 2008 I think we had a home series and I had my debut in July 2007. So, I've played pretty well in that series,’’ he said.

‘’One day I was returning home from practice through a cab, at that time someone called me. By that time Adidas might have been the sponsor of Sachin sir and as I was young at that time I had no sponsor, so that person told me that Sachin sir has recommended you to get a sponsor, I couldn't understand what to say," he added. 

"I still thank him a lot haven't got the chance to say that in front because we grew up watching his matches and it was a great privilege to be able to play against him. Having this compliment and that suggestion means a lot to me and I really really thank him," Mahmudullah concluded.