India, June 30 -- Former India fast bowler Irfan Pathan has revealed that it was Sachin Tendulkar who had a role in making him bat at No. 3 for India. It was the first match of the ODI series between India and Sri Lanka in 2005 in Nagpur and Pathan's promotion saw him score a scintillating 83 off 70 balls as India thrashed Sri Lanka by 152 runs.

Pathan went on to bat more often at the top of the order - even opening the batting for India several times - and while many hold Greg Chappell responsible for promoting Pathan, which as people believe, potentially led to the fast bowler taking his focus off bowling, the idea was in fact Tendulkar's. Pathan however, did not blame Chappell for his career going south, saying it is easier to make hi...