Former India batsman Hemang Badani has shared a hilarious incident involving Javagal Srinath and Sachin Tendulkar. Ahead of the 2002 ODI against England in Cuttack, Srinath was uncharacteristically iffy, and Tendulkar reached into his bag of tips to make sure the previous quick bowler removed any nerves he might have been having.
“For some unusual cause at Cuttack, he [Srinath] was extraordinarily nervous, extraordinarily wobbly, which he usually isn’t,” Badani stated on his Instagram account on the episode of #StorieswithHemangBadani. “Java [Srinath] is extraordinarily vocal and really confident in his regular self, however for some unusual cause, he was slightly nervous that day.
“And, I wasn’t playing that game. So, what Sachin requested me to try this game was – Srinath, clearly being a 6′2, 6’3 [tall], had actually lengthy pants, and Sachin, being about 5’5, 5’6 had shorter pants.”
Being a basic prankster, ahead of the team execution, Tendulkar instructed Badani to change Srinath’s trouser together with his personal (Tendulkar’s). Things escalated to a complete new stage when the quick bowler fell to the prank and turned out for the execution carrying Tendulkar’s trousers.
“To simply attempt to lighten the temper and to be sure that Srinath got back to normalcy, throughout execution before the sport, when the match hadn’t began yet, he requested me to change trousers. He stated, ‘Take my trousers, put them in Srinath’s bag, and pull out his trousers and keep it away wherever you may, be it in your bag, be it in my bag. Just take it away,’” Badani pointed.
“Srinath being Srinath, doesn’t even care. He finishes his execution, will get back to the dressing room, places his trousers on, will get on the ground, bowls the first ball, and there are individuals laughing on the ground. The Indian side is laughing on the ground, and little does he realise what’s occurred.”
Badani revealed how Tendulkar’s plan worked for Srinath, who was into the las leg of his profession. Despite bowling magnificently in the match, the India fast returned figures of 1/41.
“Then somebody points at his trousers and stated, ‘Sri, have a look at your trousers, they’re so quick!’ That’s when he realises that something is on, and something is fallacious. Actually, what has occurred after that’s, due to this banter and lighter moment, he will get back to being regular and bowls an excellent spell,” Badani stated.
“But he needed to come off the ground after the first over, he modified his trousers, he requested me, ‘What the hell is occurring, kisne kia [who did it]’ and all that. I stated I’ve no clue. I innocently put my arms up and stated, ‘I don’t know, Sri, what you’re speaking about. I don’t know what’s occurring!’ And [he] finally modified his trousers, went back in, and he bowled an excellent spell.”
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