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‘Disturb Sachin but…’: Ex-PAK star’s stunning revelation about former batsman | Cricket

In his short but memorable international career, former Pakistani cricketer Basit Ali played against a formidable Indian team featuring some of the best hitters. From Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar to former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin, some of the best hitters led Team India’s batting streak in the early 1990s.

Often compared to legendary batsman Javed Miandad during his playing days, Ali managed to represent the Green Army in 50 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 19 Test matches. The former cricketer took a trip down memory lane during a special interaction on YouTube and talked about the sledging tactics of the Pakistani side when they played against arch rivals India.

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Recalling the epic battles on the field between the two Asian giants, Ali revealed that he was tasked with unnerving several Indian batters including Tendulkar, Ajay Jadeja, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Vinod Kambli during the Indo-Pak matches. Interacting with Azharuddin on his YouTube channel, Ali said that none of the Pakistani players wanted to sled the former Indian skipper at the time.

“Before every game in India, I was given the responsibility to sled the Indian players. I was told to disturb Sachin (Tendulkar), Jadeja (Ajay), Sidhu (Navjot), Kambli (Vinod), but the moment Azhar bhai’s name came, the whole team unanimously said that no one would disturb Azhar bhai. I have no words to describe how much respect we used to have for Azhar Bhai in our dressing room,” said Basit.

Azharuddin, who is the only cricketer with the distinction of leading Team India in three consecutive World Cups, has represented the Asian giants in 99 Tests and 334 ODIs. The middle-class batsman hit 6,215 runs in the 50-over format. The ex-Indian skipper amassed 9,378 runs in the game’s longest and oldest format.

“Whether it was Wasim (Akram) bhai, Salim Malik, Rashid Latif, Inzmam-Ul-Haq and Waqar Younis, they would not dare to sled Azhar bhai. I don’t think a Pakistani player has ever insulted Azhar Bhai. Azhar Bhai used to bat at No. 3 and when players like Ganguly and Dravid came up, he started batting low in the ranking and gave the youngsters his place,” Ali added.

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