‘We had been shocked by the way in which he was behaving’: Waqar remembers World Cup face-off between Sohail and Prasad

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Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis has revealed how he and the remainder of his teammates had been startled watching Aamer Sohail’s behaviour through the 1996 World Cup quarterfinal against India in Bengaluru.

The face-off between Sohail and Venkatesh Prasad is taken into account probably the greatest moments from India-Pakistan cricket, with the left-handed opener whacking a boundary off the earlier India quick bowler by covers before Prasad returned with a bang subsequent ball to ship Sohail’s off stump flying.

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Chasing 288 to win in the quarterfinal, Sohail and Saeed Anwar had gotten Pakistan off to an exquisite begin placing on 84 in 10. After Anwar was dismissed for 48, Sohail was anticipated to bat on however a rush of adrenaline led to his dismissal. Waqar feels it totally modified the course of the match.

“To be very sincere, we had been shocked by the way in which he [Sohail] was behaving on the area. He was tonking the ball everywhere in the park, why did he want to try this? I suppose, the stress got to him,” Waqar stated on The Greatest Rivalry podcast.

“He batted beautifully, he was trying actually good and I feel he scored 55 off not many deliveries (55 off 46). And Saeed Anwar also. We lost our first wicket when Pakistan had been 85-odd (84) in the first ten overs. We had been cruising, after which once we lost Saeed Anwar after which Aamir Sohail straightaway, it simply went incorrect.”

Waqar defined how the dismissal left a negative impression on the rest of the Pakistan innings. The center order couldn’t do a lot, and regardless that Saleem Malik and Javed Miandad (playing his last tournament) tried, their low strike-rate didn’t assist Pakistan’s trigger. Besides, Prasad and Kumble picked up three wickets each to dent Pakistan’s chase and India won the match by 39 runs to advance to the semifinal.

“Inzamam-ul-Haq and Ijaz Ahmed, they went right into a shell. And full credit score needs to be given to Anil Kumble, when he came in and Prasad came in for his second spell, he form of began nipping the ball a little bit bit. And Pakistan got a lot stress and once we lost Ijaz and Inzamam inside an over or so, it grew to become very very troublesome,” Waqar stated.

“We made fairly a number of errors in that game. Javed Miandad was there, he may have gone in at number 4 however we saved him at number six, there was no use as he was approaching the end of his career. We saved him for very late, he ought to have batted at number 4. Overall, game for cricket and India had been well-deserved winners.”


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