Former Pakistan captain and legendary quick bowler Waqar Younis on Friday recalled how he grew to become the primary bowler to dismiss India legend Sachin Tendulkar in their debut Test in Karachi in 1989.
Notably, each Waqar and Tendulkar made their worldwide debut in 1989 in the Karachi Test and the Pakistan quick bowler went on to get the wicket of the then Indian teenager.
Tendulkar confronted 24 balls and scored 15 earlier than he was cleaned up by Waqar with an excellent inswinger however the younger boy gave a glimpse of his genius. His debut was an indication of issues to come back.
However, Tendulkar hit his maiden fifty, scoring a gritty 59 off 172 balls in the primary innings of the second Test. In the subsequent match, Tendulkar got here near scoring one other half-century however missed out on the feat after being clear bowled by Abdul Qadir for 41.
“The first Test was at Karachi and I got him early. I think he scored 15. He played a couple of really classy on-drives and straight drives in that 15. He didn’t score much after that in that series but the fifty you were mentioning which he scored in Sialkot, that was on a green top wicket,” Waqar Younis mentioned on The Greatest Rivalry podcast.
“We wanted a result. We wanted the series to have a result and we produced a real green-topper. He came in and got hit on the nose very early in the innings. For a 16-year-old kid, he looked pale at the time, but very determined. I remember [Navjot Singh] Sidhu was batting with him and they both took five, seven minutes and [then] he was ready to go. Then he played that knock of fifty which really showed his class. We knew he was going to be something very special by then.”
Waqar Younis additionally revealed his first reminiscence of the then ‘Indian batting prodigy’, having heard of a schoolboy who was scoring triple centuries for enjoyable. Waqar additionally mentioned that they weren’t positive about Sachin’s greatness from the primary impression.
“About Sachin, the entire India Under-19 team, they were just raving about him, saying how good that little kid is. He’s only a schoolboy, scoring triple-centuries at school. Who scores triple-centuries at school? Even scoring a century at school is an amazing thing,” Waqar mentioned.
“We always knew there was this young kid coming on the block who was going to be amazing. At first look, he didn’t really give me the impression that he’s going to be the great Sachin Tendulkar, what he is today. What he has done over the years is amazing, on the field, off the field. At that particular time, I didn’t realize he was going to be such a big name in cricket. But his hard work paid off.”