PUNE (India) - Former Indian batsman and two-time national cricket coach, Anshuman Gaekwad was known for his defensive mindset against pace bowlers which became a high priority when the West Indian pace bowlers dominated world cricket. In 1999, he was a Indian team coach when Indias master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar lost his father Ramesh Tendulkar to whom Sachin has dedicated his 50th Test hundred against South Africa at Centurion on Sunday. I had no courage to inform this sad news to Sachin in the 1999 World Cup, the coach said. Sachins father Dr Ramesh Tendulkar had died in Mumbai of a heart attack in his home in Bandra late on May 18, 1999 at the age of 66. He had been ailing for some time. I took the call from Mumbai (Ajit Tendulkar) at 10:30 pm and was asked to convey the tragic news to Sachin. But I did not have the heart to do so and I telephoned to Anjali to perform the difficult task. Both Anjali and daughter Sara were in London at the time. The three took the first available flight home from London early on the morning of the Zimbabwe match, Gaekwad said. Ironically, it was at Leicester (which has a large Indian population) where Dr Tendulkar 10 years before had given a lecture on Marathi literature. He had retired six years earlier from Kirti College where he taught Marathi. He had also taught at Sidharth College. The players had woken on the morning of May 19, stunned to hear the news and learn of their teammates distress and departure. Understandably, Gaekwad was in no mood to ask Sachin if and when he planned to return. There was no pressure from the board either. I know how close he was to his father. We have had to wait for the funeral before we can even think of asking him. It was Sachin Tendulkars mother Rajnis call who prompted him to return and attend the nations call. He scored a century against Sri Lanka on return and rest is the history, Gaekwad concluded.