Shoaib Akhtar spoke about Pakistan’s plans for India’s tour in 2004.© AFP
The Indian cricket crew’s 2004 tour of Pakistan was a memorable one. Team India gained the five-match ODI collection 3-2 whereas they beat the hosts 2-1 within the three-match Test collection. After that, India toured Pakistan solely as soon as in 2005-06. The final time the 2 groups performed a bilateral collection was again in 2012-13 when Pakistan toured India. Shoaib Akhtar has been a part of many such bilateral collection and in an interview revealed Pakistan’s plans towards India for the 2004 tour.
“We wanted to create pacy wickets for Indian batters. Dry but pacy, where scores like 350 would not be made. Our plan was to dominate the first match, then the second and make a pace one for the third match.’ Psychologically marte hain inko’. But then you caught a brilliant catch and turned the match,” Akhtar advised Mohammad Kaif in a video chat present on Sportskeeda cricket,
The catch that Akhtar was referring to was of Inzamam-ul-Haq within the first ODI.
India had placed on 349 runs within the first innings. Rahul Dravid fell wanting his hundred by one run within the match. Kaif made a beneficial contribution of 46 runs within the middle-order.
During the chase, Inzamam-ul-Haq’s century stored Pakistan within the hunt. They wanted simply 10 runs off the final eight balls when Shoaib Malik skied one in direction of lengthy on off Zaheer Khan and Kaif ran from lengthy off at full pace, stretched full size and grasped the ball with each fingers — almost hitting teammate Hemang Badani within the course of — to present India hope.
That proved to be the game-changer as Pakistan crumbled beneath strain, unable to attain the required 9 runs off the ultimate over.
“We got a lot of love and respect in Pakistan during our tour. Not only me, Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly everyone will say the same about that tour. We had to take permission to go out shopping. But when I went shopping, no one was ready to take money. Everyone used to say – you have come from India to play cricket, you are our guests,” Kaif mentioned.
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