Wasim Akram talks about mid-pitch chat with Waqar Younis on denying Kumble his perfect 10
By: Sports Desk |

Updated: May 23, 2020 3:47:54 pm


Kumble 10 Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis had a public spat in 2017 over the alleged contents of their mid-pitch dialog throughout their 10th wicket stand within the 1999 Kotla Test. (File Photo/AFP)

Wasim Akram spoke additional about his controversial mid-pitch dialog with Waqar Younis as Anil Kumble neared his record 10th wicket within the second innings of the historic 1999 Kotla Test, allegations over which had began an ugly spat between the two in 2017.

Asked whether or not Akram and Waqar tried to disclaim Kumble his 10th wicket by attempting to get out in another method, Akram stated, “No. That would be against sportsman spirit. I said to Waqar Younis that you play normal cricket, I will not get out to Anil Kumble. As a captain, I told Waqar to play his normal game and go for shots against Srinath.”

Akram was chatting with Aakash Chopra in a web based chat earlier this week.

Akram had earlier alleged that Waqar had suggested that the 2 of them attempt to get run out in order that Kumble could be caught on 9 wickets within the innings. “Waqar came to me and said ‘How about getting run out?’ so that Kumble does not get his 10th wicket,” he had been quoted by DNA in a 2005 interview.

Kumble’s 10-wicket haul (10th wicket partnership between Wasim and Waqar from 5:10):

Waqar had reacted to this allegation by tweeting in 2017: “This never happened !! I think age is catching up with Wasim Bhai.”

Akram had then hit again at Waqar, “Get your facts right mate. And if we are going to go down the “age” street I’ll beat you in that sport each time.” This tweet had later been deleted.

This 2017 spat had occurred after Virender Sehwag had shared a snippet of Akram’s 2005 interview on the 18th anniversary of the special occasion.

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The Indian crew, on the opposite hand, had labored to make sure that Kumble bought his 10th wicket of the match. VVS Laxman wrote in his autobiography of the ultimate moments of the match: ” For the primary time in his life, Javagal Srinath bowled not to take wickets, and there was one second of alarm when Sadagopan Ramesh ran again to attempt to maintain on to a catch off his bowling that was met with probably the most unparliamentary phrases from the bowler himself!”

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