Updated: July 14, 2020 5:12:14 pm
India and Pakistan’s World Cup matches have all the time thrown up memorable battles and none extra so than the on-field duel between Venkatesh Prasad and Aamir Sohail within the 1996 version.
Chasing 288, on the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, Pakistan have been off to a flying begin with openers Sohail and Saeed Anwar including 84 runs for the primary wicket. Sohail, was notably deadly, scoring his half-century at lower than a run-a-ball.
In the 15th over, he smashed a boundary off the previous India quick bowler and sledged Prasad by pointing a finger and the course through which he hit the ball. Prasad responded within the subsequent supply when he despatched the southpaw’s stumps flying and gave his personal send-off.
Speaking to R Ashwin on his YouTube present, DRS with Ash, Prasad recalled the incident and revealed what transpired within the center.
“If I have to sort of talk about that particular incident, the point is it was a World Cup quarter-final game. If you lose, you are out of the tournament. Also, it was India-Pakistan, you know how the feeling is generally. With the expectations and hype given by the media, then it was very important for us to win to qualify for the semi-final,” Prasad mentioned.
“It was truly type of a slap (by way of the off-side), he got here down the monitor and hit the ball in direction of the purpose and extra-cover area. I didn’t count on that coming. It was a high-pressure sport. 35,000 individuals within the stadium.
“Before the incident occurred, I used to be on the boundary line. They have been smashing us. It appeared just like the match would recover from in 45 overs. I used to be watching the group, standing at high quality leg. I may see all people was on the sting of their seats. They couldn’t imagine what was taking place. That’s how the state of affairs was.
“He got here down the monitor and gave himself a little bit of room and hit me for a boundary, he confirmed his bat and confirmed his fingers in direction of the place the place he hit the bat.
“He mentioned, he doesn’t settle for that however he advised me and I may hear him. We are fairly shut, I had accomplished my follow-through, he mentioned ‘I am going to hit you there next ball’. I simply heard him say that, I simply used a few phrases and went again. There was lots going by.
“As such, they have been smashing us and nobody may imagine what was taking place. I, for some motive, although I used to be not as fast as Srinath, I’d by no means desire a batsman to dominate me. It’s been my character. The second somebody dominates me, no matter who it’s, I want to give it again.
“At the identical time, you’ve got to maintain your cool, be sure to’re within the sport, be sure to’re capable of assume properly and execute properly. Numerous ideas have been crossing my thoughts once I was going again.
“I had to make a decision. Then I said ‘this is what I have practiced all my life. Bowl in the corridor, don’t give width to the batsman and bowl stump to stump’. And I just backed myself, kept my cool of course, didn’t really go back to what happened in the previous ball or what’s going to happen the next ball.”
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