‘Take my trousers, put them in Srinath’s bag’ – Hemang Badani reveals how Sachin Tendulkar pulled off a hilarious prank
Srinath realized that something was wrong when someone pointed at his trousers. The veteran pacer had to come off the field after the first over to change his trousers.
Updated - Jul 1, 2020 4:48 pm
Along with thrashing bowlers all over the field, Sachin Tendulkar also had a knack of playing pranks on his teammates. Former India batsman Hemang Badani, while recalling one such instance, revealed how the Little Master played a hilarious prank on speedster Javagal Srinath.
Ahead of the 2002 ODI against England in Cuttack, Srinath was extremely nervous, and Tendulkar decided to pull off a hilarious prank to relieve the stress off the pacer’s mind. Tendulkar decided to switch his trouser with Srinath’s and that’s when things escalated to a whole new level.
“For some strange reason at Cuttack, he [Srinath] was extremely nervous, extremely wobbly, which he normally isn’t,” Badani said on his Instagram account on the episode of ‘Stories with Hemang Badani’.
“Java [Srinath] is extremely vocal and very confident in his normal self, but for some strange reason, he was a little nervous that day. And, I wasn’t playing that game. So, what Sachin asked me to do that game was – Srinath, obviously being a 6′2, 6’3 [tall], had really long pants, and Sachin, being about 5’5, 5’6 had shorter pants,” added Badani.
The Indian side started laughing on the field: Hemang Badani
Sachin Tendulkar took Badani’s help and instructed him to replace Srinath’s trousers with his own (Tendulkar’s). Furthermore, Srinath actually failed to notice Tendulkar’s short trousers and wore them on the field too before people burst out in laughter.
“Srinath being Srinath doesn’t even care. He finishes his practice, gets back to the dressing room, puts his trousers on, gets on the field, bowls the first ball, and there are people laughing on the field. The Indian side is laughing on the field, and little does he realise what’s happened,” revealed Badani.
Srinath realized that something was wrong when someone pointed at his trousers. The veteran pacer had to come off the field after the first over to change his trousers. An irked Srinath even asked Badani about the culprit. Badani, in response, acted clueless about it and Srinath paved his way back to the field and bowled a brilliant spell.
“Then someone points at his trousers and said, ‘Sri, look at your trousers, they’re so short!’ That’s when he realises that something is on, and something is wrong. Actually, what has happened after that is, because of this banter and lighter moment, he gets back to being normal and bowls a brilliant spell,” Badani said.
“But he had to come off the field after the first over, he changed his trousers, he asked me, ‘What the hell is happening, kisne kia [who did it]’ and all that. I said I have no clue. I innocently put my hands up and said, ‘I don’t know, Sri, what you’re talking about. I don’t know what’s happening!’ And [he] eventually changed his trousers, went back in, and he bowled a brilliant spell,” he added.
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🎥1️⃣ from #StorieswithHemangBadani – The story of how Sachin weaved a magical plan even before the start of a game to ensure Javagal Srinath had a very memorable outing. It also includes the story how I pretended nothing happened 😁🙂 It was a free flowing chat with @ruphas and hence the lovely story #Cricket #Sachin #TeamIndia #Srinath
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