Pakistan’s legendary bowler Wasim Akram revealed that his team had devised a special strategy to dismiss the legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar on a tour of India in 1999. In 1999, the Pakistan team led by Akram came on a tour of India and the fans have not forgotten the test match played between the two teams in Chennai. While Sachin had scored an innings of 136 runs, Pakistan was successful in winning the match.
Wasim Akram revealed that he and Saqlain Mushtaq had devised a special strategy to dismiss Sachin and he was also successful. Sachin was playing for 136 runs in the Chennai Test and Team India was just 17 runs away from victory. But then his wicket fell. Akram took his catch on Saqlain’s second. Saqlain ducked Sachin in the first innings of this match.
Sachin was reading Saqlain well
Wasim Akram told former Indian opening batsman Akash Chopra in a conversation on YouTube that he still feels like today, the match is a matter of tomorrow. He remembers the Test match played in Bangalore in 1987, in which Sunil Gavaskar scored around 90 and then the Chennai Test. Akram said that it was a test match, which was in the deciding day. India probably wanted close to 20 runs. There was a good partnership between Sachin and Mongia. Sachin was growing well for Saqlain and Sachin was also studying his second.
Akram said that 271 runs were needed to win and India had lost five wickets for 82 runs and at that time Sachin and Nayam Mongia shared a century partnership for the sixth wicket. Akram forced Mongia to play fast shots. He said that if Mongia were with Sachin at that time, the result would have been different. He told the team at the same time that this is the time when Sachin can be dismissed. After this Saqlain came to him and he said that he could take the threat, which caused Sachin to fall into his trap.
When Sachin came out, all were on the boundary. Only he was on the extra cover. Akram asked Saqlain to throw another, knowing that this ball could be hit for six and the master blaster would hit from the middle of the wicket. Saqlain threw the ball at middle and leg and Sachin came forward to play. His bat hit the upper edge and the ball went into Akram’s hands. Pakistan had won this match in its name.