Salaam Cricket 2018: Abdul Qadir recalls the time he challenged a young Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut against Pakistan aged just aged 16 years and 205 days and former India spinner Abdul Qadir recalled meeting the young master blaster.
Qadir recalled how a teenaged Tendulkar took on the challenge of the Pakistan bowlers and even hit him for four sixes in a 30-over exhibition match in Peshawar.
“I had a sense of affection for Sachin because he was a kid and he played very well,” Quadir said in the second session called ‘Spin is King’ at the Salaam Cricket 2018 held at the Hotel Address Boulevard in Dubai on Monday.
“Actually what happened was it was a one-day game and at the end of the day because of the rain, there was a huge crowd which had gathered, so the organisers decided to make it a 30-overs per side game,” Qadir recalled.
“India won the toss and elected to bat. Out came Kris Srikkanth and Sachin Tendulkar. When I came in to bowl Srikkanth was on strike. I bowled a maiden to Srikkanth.
“After the over I went to Sachin and said, “this is not a one-day international match so you should try and hit me for a six in the next over. And if you succeed you will become a star”. He didn’t say anything to me but the next over he hit me for three sixes,” Qadir recalled.
Tendulkar scored 53 runs off 18 balls in the match including an over in which he scored 28 runs (6, 4, 0, 6, 6, 6) off Qadir.
The Pakistan spinner recalled the match, saying that he was trying his best to get Tendulkar out, but got hit for three sixes instead.
“At the other end Mushtaq Ahmed was bowling and Sachin hit him for four sixes. And I want to make it clear that I was trying to get him out by all means. But it was his ability, talent and skill that he hit me for 3 sixes,” Qadir said.
Those sixes announced Tendulkar to the world and what he could do, and after a hundred centuries in all forms of cricket – the rest they is history.