Tendulkar recalled his progress from a ball boy in the 1987 World Cup to playing against the best players of that era in the next World Cup.
     
"I remember in 1987, I was a ball boy so it was a big transformation for me from being a ball boy to participating in the next World Cup. I still remember the group picture of teams in Sydney. It was followed by a dinner at the Darling Harbour. It was an unbelievable experience with all the top players from the world in the room," the modern-day batting icon said.
     
Tendulkar, who entered the 1992 World Cup as a teenager, scored 283 runs at an average of just over 47 and was man of the match in India's only two victories – over Pakistan by 43 runs and Zimbabwe by 55 runs.
     
Tendulkar said that it was "special" to play against some big names such as Ian Botham, Graham Gooch, Kepler Wessels, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Wasim Akram, Desmond Haynes, Richie Richardson, Malcolm Marshall and Curtly Ambrose.
     
However, he regrets not getting a game against the West Indies legend Vivian Richards.
     
"I was quite disappointed that Vivian Richards was not part of the West Indies squad. He was (and still is) my hero, so it was disappointing that I could not play against him," he said.

(Agencies)

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