Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Understanding GOD by Abdul Qadir

Once upon a time in a country not so far away, there was a legendary bowler by the name of Abdul Qadir. He was a very wily customer and an aggressive leg spinner. He was famous for carrying the torch of leg spin bowling at a time when it was considered an obsolete art. He was also responsible for the upbringing of fine talents like Saqlain Mushtaq and more importantly Mushtaq Ahmed. This present story goes back to the India tour of Pakistan in 1989. It was the debut tour for our GOD and the incident happened on a tour match before the actual matches started.
Sachin Tendulkar had gathered much hype in the days before the tour mainly because of his young age and the importance of the tour to Pakistan. When SRT came into bat he started smacking Mushtaq for boundaries. At this Mr. Qadir who was one of the senior most bowlers said to Sachin "Bachon ko kya marte ho, dum hai to humari ball pe run banao" and lo and behold the next over by Qadir read 604666. As Sachin made 53 off 18 balls Qadir was left with nothing but an interesting story to tell as an example to all future leg spinners who wished to bowl to the GOD of Cricket.
For the statisticians the scorecard read as follows (it was a 20 over game):
Pak 157 in 20 overs, India 88 in 15 overs, then comes Sachin and finally India lose by 4 runs only

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