Former Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal revealed a different side of Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar. In UK it was a charity match in which some of the biggest names of the cricketing worlds were playing.
Ajmal has recalled an incident when Tendulkar asked him to ‘have fun’ during a charity match played between the Rest of the World XI versus MCC in 2014. Ajmal made the revelation recently during an interaction on Cricket Pakistan.
The Rest of the World (ROW) XI were filled with the likes of Adam Gilchrist, Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen, Yuvraj Singh, Shahid Afridi, and Shane Warne. The likes of Brian Lara, Rahul Dravid, and Sachin Tendulkar were playing for MCC.
India vs Pakistan cricket contests are more often than not some of the most charged-up affairs in world cricket. Rarely do we see cricketers from either side relax on the field when the two neighbours face off against each other.
What Happened between Ajmal and Sachin:
In the first innings, ROW XI went on to bat, and MCC bowler Saeed Ajmal picked up four wickets quickly as ROW XI went to 68/5 at the end of 12 overs.
“It was an MCC match. It’s supposed to be a friendly match. The players are required to spend some time in the middle because the longer the game goes on the more funds will be collected. When the match started, I picked up four wickets in four overs,” Ajmal said.
Sachin Tendulkar came running to Ajmal and he said, “Saeed Bhai, you are not supposed to play this match too seriously. This is a charity match. This is for the people who have come here to enjoy it. They will have food, drinks. This match has to not get over before 6:30′.”
Apparently, when Tendulkar asked him to enjoy the game. Ajmal recalled saying the former India cricketer that he was just bowling well to play in a positive way.