First glimpse of genius lost forever

Kushal Phatarpekar
Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli

Mumbai, Feb. 27 -- It was a feat the cricket world has taken note of. Ironically, there remains no official record of the same today in the backyard of where it was achieved.

Twenty-five years ago, Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli made their mark in the world of cricket by amassing 664 runs - the highest partnership for any wicket in any class of cricket.

Tendulkar and Kambli set the record on February 24, 1988 for their school Shardashram Vidyamandir against St Xavier's in a Harris Shield match in the tournament organised by the Mumbai School Sports Association (MSSA).

Today, the MSSA claims that the original score-sheet of that match has been done away with and the association does not have the original of this historic feat.

Seen as an instance, which gave 14-year-old Tendulkar and Kambli their first brush with fame, the partnership is also thought to be one of the defining moments of the former's progression into cricketing lore.

However, according to the MSSA, the game was like any other school game and the score-sheet was incinerated alongside other such old documents.

"The score-sheet was kept along with all the other records of games, and has since been incinerated as we could not store them all. You cannot expect us to store files that are 25 years old," stated MSSA cricket secretary HS Bhor.

In spite of it being an important landmark in cricketing history, Bhor simply said that, "the score-sheet was like a sheet from any other match."

Though the original score-sheet doesn't exist, the details from it are maintained , Marcus Couto, co-founder of the Association of Statisticians and Scorers of India. After he brought the record to light in 1988, it got a mention in the Wisden Almanac.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.