Memorable Test was played between India and Pakistan in Chennai in 1999. Cricket fans still remember the thrill of that match. India needed 271 runs to win and five wickets fell for 81 runs. From here Sachin took the front and despite the terrible pain in the back, remained at the crease and scored 136 runs. Sachin brought the team closer to victory.
When India needed 17 runs to win, then Sachin Saqlain was dismissed by Mushtaq’s ball, finally Pakistan won by 12 runs. Saqlain took 10 wickets in the match.
Recalling that match, the veteran off-spinner said that it has been 21 years, but he still remembers it.
Speaking to the sports star, Saqlain said, ‘The one above was on my side that day. I didn’t think I would take out the Master Blaster. But when God plans, he cannot change it.
He said, “Until the last breath I will feel the difference that I had dismissed him that day. My name will be associated with his name.”
The Indian team had lost five wickets but Sachin Tendulkar was in good form. Saqlain recalled, ‘There was a time that Sachin was not sparing anyone. He was playing very well. So I went to Captain Wasim Akasam and said that now it is becoming difficult for the bowlers to stop Sachin. Psychologically I was feeling a bit down. ‘
Conversations with Akram helped Saqlain greatly. He said, ‘Wasim Bhai said that he has full faith in me and I can do some magic. These words helped me and I started to strengthen a bit, I ate some boundaries but finally got them out.
Saqlain admitted that it was not easy to dismiss Sachin. He said, ‘Sachin’s eyes were very sharp and he could read anything. You would not believe that I was afraid of throwing them another one not to hit many boundaries. This was his strength. If the wicket was slow then it was more difficult. But even then I could get him out due to the kindness of the above. ‘