Pakistan’s former off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has not yet recovered from the disappointment of not getting the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar in the semi-final against India in the World Cup 2011, as he still feels that he has given the Indian Star was dismissed.
England umpire Ian Gould also recently said that Tendulkar was out but his decision was overturned by the third umpire. Tendulkar scored 85 in the semi-finals played at Mohali, which helped India win the match.
When Tendulkar was playing for 23, Gould was lbw to Ajmal, but it was overturned by third umpire Billy Boden after a review. Gould, who was a member of the ICC Elite Panel, recently said that he was firm on his decision to dismiss Tendulkar.
Ajmal recalled the incident saying, “It was a straight ball and hit his pad in front of the wickets.” I was sure he was out. Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Wahab Riaz and other players asked me if he (Tendulkar) was out and I said yes his innings was over. ‘
He said that his heart was broken when the third umpire changed the decision. Ajmal said, ‘I never got a chance to bowl him in Test matches so I wanted to give my best whenever I got a chance to play against him in limited overs cricket.’
“The most disappointing was that we lost in the semi-finals and certainly Tendulkar’s 85 runs made the difference,” he told a television channel.
Ajmal said, “Even today the decision of the third umpire surprises me.” But fate was with him that day and he played a significant innings for his team. ‘
Ajmal, who played 35 Tests, 113 ODIs and 64 T20 Internationals for Pakistan, said that Gauld was also disappointed by the reversal of the third umpire’s decision. The off-spinner’s career, however, ended midway after the Bangladesh tour. His bowling action was reported in 2014. He could not improve it and in 2017 he retired from cricket.