IND vs PAK: I was asked to sledge Sachin Tendulkar, Jadeja and Sidhu, former Pakistan batsman reveals dressing room secrets
Former Pakistan cricket team batsman Basit Ali was honored by his senior player Sachin Tedunalkar, Ajay Jadeja and Navjot Singh Sidhu Indian cricketers including were ordered to be sled. But the senior player of the team gave strict instructions to Basit Ali not to sledge Mohammad Azharuddin. Basit Ali revealed the secrets of Pakistan cricket team’s dressing room during a conversation with Mohammad Azharuddin on his YouTube channel.
Basit Ali said, I was given the responsibility of sledging Indian players before every match of India. I was asked to harass Sachin Tendulkar, Ajay Jadeja, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Vinod Kambli.
Azhar bhai was strictly instructed not to go sledding: Basit Ali
Basit Ali said, “However, as soon as Azhar bhai’s name came up, the entire team unanimously said that Azhar bhai will not be harassed.” I have no words to describe the respect we had for Azhar bhai in our dressing room.
Basil Ali, who played 19 Tests and 50 ODIs, said, “Whether it was Wasim Akram, Salim Malik, Rashid Latif, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis, they did not dare to sledge Azhar bhai.” I don’t think any Pakistani player has ever insulted Azhar bhai.
Azhar made sacrifices for Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid: Basit Ali
Basit Ali also pointed out how Azhar created players and sacrificed his place for players like Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. Basit said Azhar bhai used to bat at No.3 and when players like Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid came up, he used to bat down the order and give chances to youngsters.
Sachin Tendulkar requested to send Azhar in the opener
During the conversation, Azhar also recalled the incident when Sachin Tendulkar approached him and requested him to open in ODIs. Sachin batted in the middle order during his first 69 ODIs, Azharuddin said. Then he never got so many chances. He asked me about the opening and I could not say no to such a talented player.
Azharuddin calls Steve Smith the best batsman of the current generation
On the ongoing debate on who is the best batsman among Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Joe Root and Babar Azam, the former captain of the Indian cricket team replied, Steve Smith is the best batsman of this generation. This gives you a 100 percent chance of getting it out.
His style of play is also very aggressive, which I like the most. On the discussion of the greatest batsmen of all time, Azhar said, ‘When I was growing up, I was a fan of Greg Chappell, but Sunil Gavaskar was above.’ There was no better batsman than Gavaskar.