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Former off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq was on the receiving finish of two of India’s best Take a look at innings ever performed towards Pakistan – Sachin Tendulkar’s 136 in Chennai in 1999 and Virender Sehwag’s 309 in Multan 2004. As contrasting as the 2 innings could also be in nature, each maintain large values by way of particular person performances in India-Pakistan Exams.
Saqlain, who bowled to each batsmen in these two innings, rated Tendulkar’s combating knock on the Chepauk over Sehwag’s brutal innings in Multan, saying Sachin’s 136 got here in a lot harder situations and in addition on account of the truth that the ambiance surrounding the India-Pakistan Take a look at collection in 1999 was palpable.
“I price the 130 odd runs that Sachin Tendulkar scored within the 2nd innings within the Chennai Take a look at match forward of the triple century scored by Virender Sehwag. As a result of we had gone with full preparation that point. It was a struggle, there was a battle,” Saqlain stated on the Cricket Baaz speak present on YouTube.
“Right here (Multan 2004), there was no struggle or battle. And it was the first innings of the Take a look at match, not the 2nd innings. It was the first innings, first day pitch, no preparation. Some good deeds of his dad and mom or his personal good deeds labored for him.”
Sehwag scored a blistering 309, turning into the primary Indian batsman to attain a triple century in Exams, in an innings the place Saqlain was hammered and brought for 204 runs from 43 overs with one wicket. Quite the opposite, the previous offspinner had picked up a five-wicket-haul in every innings of the Chennai Take a look at. Saqlain stated Sehwag had the good thing about sure issues similar to a flat deck, accidents to gamers and discord between the board and gamers.
“I really feel it was a tailored state of affairs for him. Nature was type on him. I’m not saying that he’s not an excellent participant, he is a good participant, he’s an excellent participant. Not as a result of I used to be injured and Shoaib Akhtar was additionally injured, wicket was flat, situations had been powerful for the bowlers, the entire bowling unit had collapsed. There have been points within the Board, Inzamam was accidently made the captain, another person was the captain,” Saqlain identified.
“Lot of issues had been altering, the thoughts was not set, focus was not there, the preparations weren’t good. When you have got the Ashes, they put together for that for one 12 months. We had been having a collection towards India and we had no planning, no preparation. Sehwag is a really harmful attacking participant however I gained’t price that triple hundred. I’ll say that nature has on condition that to him on a platter. He has performed lot of fine knocks. You take pleasure in when you have got ready effectively and the bowling unit is working high-quality and situations are powerful for the batsmen.”