I have very fond mem­o­ries of the cov­er­age in the mag­a­zine

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Three cen­turies in his first three Tests

The Sport­star has al­ways been one of the finest mag­a­zines. I used to read the mag­a­zine a lot as I grew up. Those were the days when the one of the first goals of any sportsper­son in In­dia was to see their name in the mag­a­zine. Arey Sport­star mein naam anaa yaar (we should get our name in the mag­a­zine!) That was the most com­monly heard ob­jec­tive.

It was the hap­pen­ing mag­a­zine. I still remember when I was thrilled to see my name in it for the first time af­ter scor­ing two fifties in the 19■1 Buchi Babu tour­na­ment in Madras.

It has been one of the most neu­tral pub­li­ca­tions, al­ways pre­sent­ing facts and fig­ures. Even I was a colum­nist for the mag­a­zine and I en­joyed in­ter­act­ing with N. Ram and the then sports edi­tor Kr­ish­nan.

I was never crazy for the cen­tre spreads (posters). I never had them on the walls but many loved to do so in those days. But, I al­ways felt it was a priv­i­lege to be writ­ten about in the mag­a­zine. It was a huge mo­ti­va­tion for any bud­ding tal­ent and also for the es­tab­lished play­ers.

I have very fond mem­o­ries of the cov­er­age in the mag­a­zine when I scored three con­sec­u­tive cen­turies against Eng­land in 19■5.

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