May 31, 1999. Dinesh Lad remembers the date.
A cricket match of some significance took place between Swami Vivekanand International School (SVIS), Gorai, and Borivali Sports and Cultural Centre in the final of a popular summer vacation tournament in Mumbai.
Lad, who is still head coach of SVIS, and his team had a field day; dismissing their opponents for a paltry 68 runs and then their openers polishing off the runs in near-record time. After the traditional exchange of high-fives and pats on the back between the teams, Lad made his way into the rival camp. He greeted BSCC’s head coach, his counterpart, and requested to be introduced to the team’s young off-spinner. The unassuming 12-year old, named Rohit Sharma, stood in front of Lad, wondering why had an opponent coach stepped up to him; completely oblivious that this lad would alter the course of his life.
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