Daniel Radcliffe birthday: When Sachin Tendulkar's wizardry made Harry Potter queue up for his autograph

Sakal Times Staff
Thursday, 23 July 2020

"Most people got into cricket when we won the Ashes; I got into it when we were beaten 5-0," Radcliffe had famously remarked during a commentary stint in 2007. There's more to it.

Daniel Radcliffe turns 31 today. The English actor, best known for playing Harry Potter, is among the highest-paid actors and most popular faces across the world. Radcliffe is also a die-hard cricket fan. Surprisingly, Radcliffe became a cricket fan after England received an embarrassing 0-5 drubbing in Australia in 2006-07. 

"Most people got into cricket when we won the Ashes; I got into it when we were beaten 5-0," Radcliffe had famously remarked during a commentary stint in 2007. There's more to it.

In 2007, India toured England and the first Test at Lord's ended in a thrilling draw. The rain, along with MS Dhoni's defiant knock saved India from the defeat. Among the crowd on the final day was the most famous Londoner, the teenaged Radcliffe, who was then winning the world with the latest release Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix. It was his 18th birthday as the Pottermania was at its peak with JK Rowling releasing the final book - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - two days prior. 

Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar didn't really set London on fire. He got scores of 37 and 16. However, over the past two decades, his wizardry with the willow had spellbound and inspired many across the globe and among them was the teenaged Radcliffe, who queued up for a Tendulkar autograph at the end of that Lord's Test.

Four years later, when India toured England again, Radcliffe, with great enthusiasm, recalled his experience of meeting Tendulkar, "My friends and I were thrilled to meet Sachin and get his autograph. I am a huge fan, he is truly a legend."

In an interview with TOI, Radcliffe had also expressed his fascination with India and how he wanted to visit the country during the 2011 World Cup.

"I wanted to visit India during the Cricket World Cup but got so caught up with my Broadway musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, that it left me with no time. But cricket or no cricket, I am certainly planning a trip to India soon," he had told.

Radcliffe watches Bollywood films and has often expressed a desire to be a part of them someday. Earlier this year, he made headlines in the Indian Page 3 sections when he wished Dangal actress Sanya Malhotra on her 28th birthday.

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