When Swami blessed Sachin
When Swami Blessed Sachin. “Life is a game, play it, a simple yet complicated game, a complicated yet simple game,” famously said Sri Sathya Sai Baba...
“Life is a game, play it, a simple yet complicated game, a complicated yet simple game,” famously said Sri Sathya Sai Baba in a message. The message itself is simple yet profound. When Sunil Gavaskar and Alvin Kallicharan, two ardent devotees of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, requested him to host an international cricket match, Swami was pleased to consider it favourably and he graciously chose the game of cricket to spread the message of unity and oneness.
Things began to happen with rapid speed. EAS Prasanna came up with plans to transform the Sathya Sai Hill View Stadium in Puttaparthi into a first class venue. On December 30, 1997, a One Day International Cricket match for Sri Sathya Sai Unity Cup was hosted between India XI led by Sachin Tendulkar and International XI led by 1996 World Cup Champion side’s Captain Arjuna Ranatunga. The Unity Cup match, the first of its kind to be held anywhere, became a mega sporting event with the presence and participation of top cricketers, past and present, from almost all leading cricket playing countries. Thanks to ACA Secretary N Venkata Rao and I was also privileged to go there to witness the unique event. The previous evening Venkata Rao and I went to the ground where former India fast bowler G Kasturirangan, along with Kallicharan, was supervising the ground preparations as per the advice of EAS Prasanna.