When Sachin Tendulkar asked Saeed Ajmal to not play ‘too seriously’

Sachin Tendulkar ran in direction of Saeed Ajmal to ask him to not bowl at his finest through the match between Remainder of the World XI (ROW XI) and Marylebone Cricket Membership (MCC XI) on the Lord’s in July 2014, the Pakistan spinner has revealed.

Ajmal, who was taking part in within the charity match for the MCC group below Tendulkar’s captaincy, did not begin off his spell within the match in very charitable style, choosing up 4 wickets in his first 4 overs. Tendulkar, appalled at his success, instructed him that the match was supposed to final until night.

“Truly, it was a MCC match and it was a pleasant match and a participant wanted to spend a sure time within the center in order that extra funds may very well be collected. However when the match began I picked up 4 wickets in 4 overs and he (Sachin Tendulkar) got here working in direction of me and stated ‘Saeed bhai you might be not supposed play the match too severely because it’s a charity match. It’s for the individuals who have come right here to take pleasure in. They’ll have meals and drinks. The match shouldn’t recover from earlier than 6:30 however you might be hell bent on ending it by 1’,” Saeed Ajmal stated in a video interview uploaded on Cricket Pakistan’s YouTube channel.

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“So I instructed him, I’m bowling usually like I might in entrance of prime gamers, in a constructive method. So he stated that ‘I agree with you, however it is a charity match, so funds have to be collected. So benefit from the match, play cricket and have enjoyable’,” Ajmal stated.

Following Ajmal’s early strikes, Tendulkar took him off the assault. Yuvraj Singh performed a rearguard knock for the ROW group, his 132 off 134 balls taking his facet to 293/7 in 50 overs.

Chasing, Aaron Finch, opening alongside facet Sachin Tendulkar, blasted an unbeaten 181 off simply 145 balls, serving to his facet chase down the full in 45.5 overs with seven wickets in hand.

This 2014 charity match, until now most well-known for Andrew Strauss having described ROW batsman Kevin Pietersen as a ‘c***’ throughout commentary — in a phase which Strauss believed to be off-air — additionally concerned an Indian participant telling a Pakistani participant to take it straightforward, as now revealed by Ajmal.

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