SIR RICHARD HADLEE

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Brunch - - BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS -

This week had a date with Sir Richard Hadlee, one of the great­est fast bowlers and all-rounders in crick­et­ing his­tory. But when we reached the five-star Mum­bai restau­rant, the 65-year-old was hav­ing a melt­down of sorts and was in a rather crabby mood. The cli­mate of the sub­con­ti­nent has al­ways both­ered the New Zealan­der and that day even the blast­ing AC was not help­ing much. We some­how man­aged to con­vince him for a quick chat. But as we started talk­ing, this sulk­ing man turned into an af­fa­ble per­son open­ing up about his first ren­dezvous with an 18-year-old Sachin Ten­dulkar, love for Den­nis Lillee, and why he thinks Im­ran Khan was a bet­ter all-rounder than Kapil Dev and him.

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