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Wednesday , November 21 , 2012
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Sachin meets Thackerays

Calcutta/Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar and his wife Anjali met the family members of late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray at their residence Matoshree on Monday and offered condolences on his passing away.

Sachin and Anjali spent some time with the bereaved family and expressed grief and sorrow on the demise of the leader, who passed away on Saturday.

Sachin was busy playing the Ahmedabad Test against England and so couldn’t pay his last respects.

In an SMS to The Telegraph, on Saturday, Sachin had stated: “Really sad to hear about Balasaheb’s demise. His contribution to Maharashtra was immense. It’s a terrible loss and he will always be remembered and missed.

“Unfortunately, I am in Ahmedabad, as I would have liked to pay my last respects personally. My condolences to his family. May God rest his soul in peace.”

He also posted a picture of him posing along with Thackeray, Amitabh Bachchan and Lata Mangeskar on his Facebook page.

The late leader had ticked off Sachin for very forcefully saying that Mumbai belonged to every Indian.

Through an ‘open letter’ in the Shiv Sena mouthpiece, Saamna, he had replied: “...You have got yourself run out on the pitch of Marathi pride... Sachin, you manage your international pitch.”

Even if he was hurt, Sachin hadn't reacted then.