Rivals turn Sachin fans after Ranji match
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And while what he said may have seemed generic, Desai says he will never forget his time with Tendulkar. "He said that I had a good technique and to stay positive. He had asked (Mumbai coach) Sulakshan Kulkarni about me and said that batsmen with my willingness to leave balls outside the stumps and play in line are valuable. He spoke to me in Marathi as he knew I had played cricket in Mumbai," said Desai.
For Desai, who has had a poor season averaging 16 and scored just 3 against Mumbai, the words meant everything. "I was really disappointed but when God has told me to have faith in myself and that he liked my batting, what more inspiration do I need," he said.