Sachin Tendulkar played with tissues for 'protection'

New Delhi: Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has revealed that due to an upset stomach he once had to play with tissues inside his underwear.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar 

The incident happened during the Super Sixes phase of the 2003 ICC World Cup when India played Sri Lanka on March 10 in Johannesburg.

"I am a bit embarrassed to reveal a very personal secret relating to the Sri Lanka match.

"On the eve of the match, I had a bad stomach and was feeling dehydrated.

This happened because I had not yet fully recovered from the cramp that I suffered while playing Pakistan and as a result had had a lot of isotonic drinks," Tendulkar writes in his autobiography Playing It My Way released recently. Just nine days earlier, he had scored a match-winning 98 against Pakistan at Centurion.

"The situation was so bad that I had to bat with tissues inside my underwear. I even had to go back to the dressing room during one of the drinks breaks and was feeling extremely uncomfortable."

Tendulkar went on to score a patient 97 off 120 balls in the match that saw India win by 183 runs.

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