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When Saqlain sledged Sachin only to never sledge him again

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, April 24: Sachin Tendulkar and Saqlain Mushtaq were involved in umpteen intense battles in the �90s but one such duel left the star Pakistan off-spinner deeply embarrassed.

In one of his early battles with Tendulkar during the Sahara Cup in Canada, Saqlain thought it would be a good idea to sledge the champion batsman. As it panned out, the wily off-spinner sledged to never sledge the then Indian captain again.

�I was new when I sledged him for the first time. If I recall correctly, it was the 1997 edition. Sachin quietly came up to me and said �I never misbehaved with you, why are you misbehaving with me?� I got so embarrassed that I did not know what to say to him,� Saqlain told PTI over phone on Tendulkar�s 47th birthday.

�He said to me �I rate you high as a person and player�. I was so embarrassed that I never sledged him again. I can�t tell you what I said to him but I apologised to him after the game.

�Thereafter, even when he was smashing me all over, I never thought of sledging him,� recalled the 43-year-old, describing Tendulkar as one of the most humble human beings he met.

After the Sahara Cup, which ran from 1996-98, both were in the middle of arguably their most memorable battle during the Chennai Test of 1999, when Pakistan eked out a 12-run win despite an �unbelievable� 136 from Tendulkar.

Saqlain got the better of Tendulkar in both the innings and his match haul of 10 wickets made all the difference.

Tempers were running high in that high stakes game but even then Saqlain said he never tried to engage Tendulkar verbally.

�In that 1999 Test, no words were exchanged. We both were determined and focused to win the game for our countries. We put our heart and soul in it (on day four).

�I consider myself lucky that my name was attached to Sachin�s cricketing career with that match. The only difference that day was that God was on my side.� � PTI

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When Saqlain sledged Sachin only to never sledge him again

NEW DELHI, April 24: Sachin Tendulkar and Saqlain Mushtaq were involved in umpteen intense battles in the �90s but one such duel left the star Pakistan off-spinner deeply embarrassed.

In one of his early battles with Tendulkar during the Sahara Cup in Canada, Saqlain thought it would be a good idea to sledge the champion batsman. As it panned out, the wily off-spinner sledged to never sledge the then Indian captain again.

�I was new when I sledged him for the first time. If I recall correctly, it was the 1997 edition. Sachin quietly came up to me and said �I never misbehaved with you, why are you misbehaving with me?� I got so embarrassed that I did not know what to say to him,� Saqlain told PTI over phone on Tendulkar�s 47th birthday.

�He said to me �I rate you high as a person and player�. I was so embarrassed that I never sledged him again. I can�t tell you what I said to him but I apologised to him after the game.

�Thereafter, even when he was smashing me all over, I never thought of sledging him,� recalled the 43-year-old, describing Tendulkar as one of the most humble human beings he met.

After the Sahara Cup, which ran from 1996-98, both were in the middle of arguably their most memorable battle during the Chennai Test of 1999, when Pakistan eked out a 12-run win despite an �unbelievable� 136 from Tendulkar.

Saqlain got the better of Tendulkar in both the innings and his match haul of 10 wickets made all the difference.

Tempers were running high in that high stakes game but even then Saqlain said he never tried to engage Tendulkar verbally.

�In that 1999 Test, no words were exchanged. We both were determined and focused to win the game for our countries. We put our heart and soul in it (on day four).

�I consider myself lucky that my name was attached to Sachin�s cricketing career with that match. The only difference that day was that God was on my side.� � PTI