Balaji was more popular in Pakistan than Imran Khan in 2004: Ashish Nehra
By: Sports Desk |

Published: April 19, 2020 11:16:57 pm


Lakshmipathy Balaji was India’s shock weapon on the 2003/04 tour of Pakistan. (File Photo/AFP)

Lakshmipathy Balaji was essentially the most popular participant on India’s tour of Pakistan in 2003/04, Ashish Nehra mentioned. The historic bilateral collection might need seen a hat-trick from Irfan Pathan and a triple century from Virender Sehwag, however Nehra mentioned Balaji’s recognition had reached such heights throughout that tour that he would most likely be more popular than Imran Khan.

“Those six weeks he was hitting sixes left proper and centre there was little question about it. Virender Sehwag triple hundred, Rahul Dravid double hundred, Irfan Pathan efficiency, all that’s there however to me off the sector, Pakistan, the nation as a complete and Laxmipathy Balaji in the dressing room,” Nehra mentioned on a Star Sports cricket present.

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“In the dressing room, Irfan can give you more stories, the only thing I remember is Laxmipathy Balaji on that particular tour. Maybe that time he was more popular than Imran Khan,” he added.

Balaji, principally batting at quantity 10, scored 45 runs at a wide ranging strike charge of 160.71 in the 5-match ODI collection, with 36 of his 45 runs coming in boundaries (6 fours and a pair of sixes). Balaji additionally took 6 wickets at an financial system of underneath 6. Balaji completed because the joint-second highest wicket-taker together with Irfan Pathan in the Test collection.

Balaji, who performed 8 Tests, 30 ODIs and 5 T20Is between 2003 and 2012, has additionally mentioned beforehand that the 2003/04 tour of Pakistan was one among his best moments.

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Balaji had mentioned about that tour in a TNPL interview in 2016, “To be honest, I was embarrassed because I was the most famous player on that tour. There were so many big names, who looked after me like elder brothers, they were always there for me, and that tour helped me to get recognition.”

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