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Future 'not bright for Tendulkar'

By Shahid Hashmi

Sachin Tendulkar
Is Tendulkar's career mapped out in the stars?
At the start of the year, a Pakistan astrologer predicted cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar's career would come to an end in 2005 through injury.

No-one took much notice at the time.

But the news that Tendulkar will be out of action for at least four months after undergoing elbow surgery has suddenly had India fans listening to what Abdullah Shaukat Chowdhry has to say.

The 70-year-old stands by his original prediction and says the future does not look good for Tendulkar.

The Lahore-based astrologer picked up his charts to locate the latest position of Tendulkar's stars.

He told BBC Sport: "I use astrology charts and as per the position of the stars on the charts, a prediction is made. Tendulkar's date of birth suggests positions of Jupiter and Mars are not good."

Among his famous correct predictions were former Pakistan great Imran Khan to suffer a shin bone injury in 1980s, Pope John Paul to die because of ill health in 2005, that an earthquake to hit South Asia in December 2004 and Tony Blair to win a third election.

"Tendulkar's stars show his career will end this year and the latest operation may prove the cause," he added.

The 32-year-old has been plagued by a tennis elbow injury since August last year, forcing him to miss a tri-series in the Netherlands, the NatWest Challenge, the ICC Champions Trophy and two home Tests against Australia.

Abdullah Shaukat Chowdhry
Pakistan astrologer Abdullah Shaukat Chowdhry

Even after coming back Tendulkar has struggled to regain the form which has seen him become the fourth-highest scorer in Test cricket with 10,134 runs, a record equalling 34 Test hundreds and world's most successful one-day batsman with 13,642 runs and 38 centuries.

"I wish I am wrong but this is what stars tell," said Chowdhry, a cricket fan.

He said he was inspired to learn the art as a nine-year-old from Pundit Sharma Raghunandan, when his parents lived in New Delhi before partition.

Most of his clients come in search of matrimonial matches and to solve their employment problems.

But a number of them also come to find the outcome of a cricket match or a series.

"I used to predict a lot on the outcome of cricket matches but after some of the predictions went wrong, mainly because of match fixing, I now refuse to predict on cricket matches," said Chowdhry, who correctly predicted India would will win their series in Pakistan 2-1 last year.

"Cricket is my area of interest and any cricketer needing fair help is welcome."

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