Surat, Jun 24 : A Surat builder has bought cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar's swank Ferrari car. The Ferrari was presented to Sachin by Michael Schumacher on behalf of Fiat company in 2002, when he equalled Sir Don Bradman's record of 29 Test centuries.
"It was my dream to own a Ferrari. I approached Sachin through a common friend and asked him if he wanted to sell the car. He agreed," said Jayesh Desai, the builder, reports Times of India.
Sachin's Ferrari had been up for sale for four months.
"It was the best experience of my life," said the realtor who drove the red two-seater from Sachin's flat in Bandra to his bungalow at Satkeval Society at Athwalines last weekend.
Desai, 42, proudly recalled how he was stopped by curious onlookers when he drove the Ferrari to his office at Varacha. He has parked it in a specially built garage in his bungalow.
It is not clear why Sachin, who is passionate about cars, sold the Ferrari which is also a trophy. The news has come as a surprise to many, including his close friends. The cricketing legend, on his part, chose to make no comment on his decision.
"He doesn't wish to say anything on the topic," said a close friend of Tendulkar, who is holidaying in Europe with his family.
This friend, though, did recall his own rides in the Ferrari. "I have been driven around in that car on many occasions and, yes, it was a special car," he said.
Desai, the Ferrari's new owner, claims all the paperwork is done and the car is in his name now.