The closest Mumbai wicketkeeper Sharad Hazare got to playing for India was in 1969-70 when he was in the reserves for the Chennai Test against Bill Lawry's Australians. "He made me feel very comfortable. S Venkataraghavan was
supposed to share a room with me, but since the Test was being at Chennai, Venkat used to stay at home. Pataudi was aware of this and offered to share a room with me in case I was feeling lonely. His humility was unbelievable," Hazare told MiD DAY.