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IN­DIAN cricket su­per­star Sachin Ten­dulkar yes­ter­day re­mem­bered South Africa’s an­ti­a­partheid icon Nel­son Man­dela as a “truly in­spi­ra­tional hu­man be­ing” who would live in his “heart for­ever”.

Ten­dulkar was part of the In­dian team that toured South Africa in 1992-93, the first side to play a Test se­ries af­ter it was brought back into the sport­ing main­stream fol­low­ing an apartheid-in­duced ban.

The tour­ing squad met Man­dela, who was then yet to be­come pres­i­dent, at the ANC head­quar­ters in Joburg and pre­sented him with a bat signed by all the team mem­bers. “When I met Mr Man­dela it was one of the most mem­o­rable days of my life,” Ten­dulkar, who re­tired last month as the world’s lead­ing Test and one-day bats­man, tweeted yes­ter­day.

“A truly in­spi­ra­tional hu­man be­ing. He will live on in my heart for­ever. R.I.P.” – AFP

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