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Master meets but misses magician
- When Potter actor queued for autograph, Sachin was lost in sign spree

Nottingham, July 24: Sachin Tendulkar managed no more than 37 and 16 in the Lord’s Test, almost surely his last there, but that didn’t stop the much-in-the-news Daniel Radcliffe from queuing up for his autograph last evening.

Had daughter Sara or son Arjun been around, they would surely have drawn his attention to Radcliffe’s presence in the queue, behind the dressing room.

They weren’t and so, despite the Pottermania, Sachin obliged the actor without realising who he was.

“It’s after you’ve asked me that I’ve checked with (Team India physio) John Gloster, who was there at that time.… Well, he has now confirmed that Radcliffe had indeed been in the queue,” a bemused Sachin told The Telegraph.

Speaking shortly after arriving here in the afternoon, Sachin added: “When there are that many autographs to sign, one keeps obliging without looking up.... Unless, of course, somebody says something.... Obviously, he (Radcliffe) didn’t say anything….”

Next time, perhaps, Sachin may look up once in a while. Just in case....

Radcliffe had turned up at Lord’s on a day he had turned 18, according to a PTI report.

Himself a target of autograph hunters, the actor admitted he queued with other fans to get signatures from Sachin and England opener Andrew Strauss.

Radcliffe had recently spoken about a nightmare where the opener stalked him.

“I was telling people in a recent interview that I had a dream that Strauss was chasing me with a cricket bat. It was during the West Indies series when Andrew wasn’t doing too well and an Australian who was listening in piped up and said ‘I wouldn’t worry about Strauss, if he had a swing at you at the moment he’d probably miss!’”

Strauss obliged Radcliffe with an autograph and got a Harry Potter book signed by the actor for his child.

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