Offbeat The Hindu photographer, K.R. Deepak, was bowled over by Sachin Tendulkar's gesture

It's a special act coming from Sachin Tendulkar. The cricket legend who scored 100 international 100s created another special chapter for himself in the history of the game. He was in Visakhpatnam with the Mumbai Indians for its IPL match with Deccan Chargers. And he made April 8, a day before the match, a special day for The Hindu's Special News Photographer K.R. Deepak, who has covered many Tests and ODIs over the last few years.

On February 11, 2010 Deepak recorded India winning the Test match against South Africa in Kolkata to retain its No. 1 Test ranking.

One of the many snaps he clicked was Sachin and Harbhajan Singh hugging each other. This was a rare photography since Sachin seldom shows exuberance on the field.

Deepak sent this photograph to Sachin through former Andhra captain V. Chamundeswarinath after Sachin landed here with the team. His only wish was to get it autographed by Sachin. But there was pleasant surprise in store for him when Sachin, bowled over by the photograph, wanted to meet Deepak the following day.

The photographer met him with prints of photographs on the celebrations during the World Cup victory, etc., and also one snap of Sachin and Bhajji celebrating in Kolkata meant for Bhajji. Sachin, in spite being busy with the team meeting, spared time to call Deepak to his room, congratulate him on taking such beautiful photos and autographed the framed photo and conveyed his best wishes to the photographer. The Hindu photographer was thrilled by Sachin's gesture and the photograph has become one of his most valuable possessions.

G. NARASIMHA RAO

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