Mumbai, Oct, 26 : – Former India fast bowler Dodda Ganesh says he can’t refrain addressing Sachin Tendulkar as “Sir”. Acknowledging Sachin Tendulkar’s request of not calling him “Sir”, the former right arm-fast bowler Dodda Ganesh, speaking exclusively over telephone from Bangalore, he said, “I had two options to address him. One was to say “bhaiya” (brother) or Sir and I chose the later.At a function earlier week to mark the launch of senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai’s book Democracy’s XI, India’s master-blaster recalled the incident when he had repeatedly asked Dodda Ganesh to refrain him calling Sir, and Ganesh agreeing to it by saying, Yes sir, again. Dodda Ganesh also confirmed the incident when South African bowler Alan Donald was abusing him.“In one of the Test matches (Cape Town) on this tour of South Africa (1996-97) I was batting at the other end with Sachin Tendulkar, who was at the crease with 160 odd runs and had told him to score double hundred. Though not understanding this, it angered the bowler Allan Donald and he started abusing me”, Ganesh said. “I was poor in English then but could understand what Sachin had told Donald that if he wants to abuse me, he must speak in Kannada”. “Sachin is a God and icon and this Sir adjective naturally comes out automatically. We played many other domestic matches together thereafter but I always respected him and I still call him Sir and will continue calling him Sir Sachin”, Ganesh signed off.
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