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Sachin comes to rescue his childhood friend

Mumbai: Dalbir Singh Gill, a former cricketer who played with Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar at Under-17 level, underwent a hip replacement surgery in a private hospital in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. But what makes this operation more special for him is that Sachin is bearing the cost of it.

Then a promising all-rounder, Dalbir had met with a road accident in 2002. He suffered major injuries to his legs and also suffered mental trauma. One accident and his life came to a screeching halt while others raced away.

Dalbir has thanked Tendulkar after the surgery.

Dalbir expressed his happiness after the surgery and blessed Sachin for his help and support. He felt indebted to Sachin for funding the surgery. With the help of the Little Master, he can walk again.

“Sachin has done a huge favour on me by sponsoring my operation, I am grateful to him. I will definitely meet him after my discharge,” he said.

Sachin too was delighted at Dalbir’s successful surgery. He expressed relief on the completion of Dalbir’s surgery successfully.

Earlier, after concluding the surgery on Dalbir, the doctors confirmed that it was a success.

His family was also all praise for Sachin. Thanking Sachin, Dalbir’s sister Sukhbir Kaur said, “I just want to salute Sachin Tendulkar sir and Anjali ma’am (Sachin’s wife). We are very-very thankful to you. God bless you.”

His mother Sukhdayal Kaur too could not stop showering blessings on Sachin. “I had written a letter and sent all these reports to Sachin. Within hours he responded saying he would take all the responsibility of his friend,” she recounted.

At a time, both Dalbir and Sachin dreamt of making it to the Indian team. They would practise together, share a room and even play pranks together. Time changed and one of them eventually became the God of Cricket.

But fame and recognition has not blurred those memories of friendship for Sachin. He remembers everything. A man who is not only known for his exploits on the field but who is also known as friend of friends.

Dalbir met with an accident when his motorcycle collided with a tanker. He was in coma for eight months. He suffered multiple brain injuries and lost the power to walk. Now to get him back on his feet, Dalbir would undergo a surgery to replace his damaged hip balls and the Rs 6 lakh expense would be borne by Sachin.

In an SMS to Headlines Today, Sachin said, “I would be very happy if god gives him another chance n reason to smile in life. I hope it works.”

The Master Blaster said he has sent Dalbir’s report to BCCI’s medical advisor Dr Anant Joshi. “I have sent his reports to Dr Joshi and he will get back to me soon. We will be on top of this now and sort it out asap,” Sachin said.

Dalbir has gone through hell, but as the saying goes, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. That light has come in the form of Sachin.

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