Salaam Cricket: When Pakistan great Abdul Qadir instilled confidence in a young Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgSalaam Cricket: When Pakistan great Abdul Qadir instilled confidence in a young Sachin TendulkarLegendary leg-spinner Abdul Qadir died on Friday in Lahore aged 63. The former Pakistan cricketer, who was an inspiration to the likes of Shane Warne and Mushtaq Ahmed, had spoken about one of his earliest meetings with Sachin Tendulkar during India Today’s Salaam Cricket in 2018.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiSeptember 7, 2019UPDATED: September 7, 2019 00:17 IST File photo of former Pakistan cricketer Abdul Qadir at Salaam Cricket 2018 (India Today Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAbdul Qadir died aged 63 after a cardiac arrest on FridayAbdul Qadir was known for inspiring a generation of leg-spinnerQadir had revealed how he motivated Sachin Tendulkar in one of their earliest meetingsFormer Pakistan cricketer Abdul Qadir passed away on Friday in Lahore aged 63 after a cardiac arrest. The legendary leg-spinner was not just a delight to watch on the field but some of the stories that he shared about his playing days were as satisfying as watching him bamboozle batsmen with his unique action.Abdul Qadir, who became an inspiration to many spinners including the legendary Shane Warne, recalled one of his earliest meetings with Sachin Tendulkar during his appearance at India Today’s Salaam Cricket in 2018.Sachin Tendulkar made his debut in 1989 as a 16-year-old and he faced a baptism of fire as he toured Pakistan for his maiden series.Tendulkar made an early impact in the Test series, scoring 239 runs, including a couple of fifties in 4 Tests against a Pakistan attack that had the likes of Imran Khan, Abdul Qadir, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.The story behind Sachin Tendulkar’s 4 sixes against Abdul QadirAs the series headed into the ODI leg, the first match in Peshwar was abandoned without a ball being bowled. However, a 30-over-per-side exhibition match was organised to make sure the crowd went home with something to cheer about.Abdul Qadir had recalled how Sachin Tendulkar took on the challenge of the Pakistan bowlers and even hit him for four sixes in the 30-over exhibition match.”I had a sense of affection for Sachin because he was a kid and he played very well,” Abdul Qadir said at Salaam Cricket 2018 held in Dubai.”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.advertisement”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 27 runs (6, 4, 0, 6, 6, 6) off Qadir.”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 4 sixes,” Qadir said.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Abdul QadirFollow Sachin TendulkarFollow India tour of Pakistan 1989Follow Abdul Qadir death Nextlast_img read more