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Pakistan’s former wicket-keeper batsman Rashid Latif recalled an incident when he told Rahul Dravid that he was not out in an ODI match in 1996 in Sharjah. It was the third ODI of the series and Mushtaq Ahmed was bowling to Dravid. The leg-spinner appealed and so did the rest of the teammates when the ball whisked past Dravid’s outside edge.
The umpire made a mistake and thought that Dravid had edged it. After the match, Dravid asked Latif, was he out, to which the wicket-keeper said, no. Meanwhile, Dravid could only score three runs in that match, and India was skittled out for 233 in reply to Pakistan’s total of 272 runs.
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Thus, the Aameer Sohail-led Pakistan team won the match by 38 runs. Latif revealed that Mushtaq used to appeal for almost everything and they had to support him as teammates.
“They played against us in Sharjah. Rahul, unfortunately, was caught behind. Mushtaq Ahmed bowled a delivery and made a huge appeal. We appealed alongside him, he was given out. After the match, Dravid asked ‘was I out’, and I said ‘no, brother, Mushtaq tang Karta hai bohot (It’s Musthaq’s habit to appeal),” Latif said in a YouTube show called ‘Caught Behind’.
On the other hand, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly made impressive Test debuts at Lord’s. Ganguly scored a fine century whereas Dravid scored 95 runs in his maiden innings. Latif added that he was also there in London at that time and met the two youngsters, who had a great start to their Test career.
“Both Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly had made their debuts in England and incidentally we were also there at that point of time in 1996. We met with the entire team when the Prime Minister invited us for lunch. I met these two young cricketers. They both played well,” Latif said.
Meanwhile, Rahul Dravid went on to had a great career for the Indian team. The solid batsman scored 13288 runs in 164 Test matches at an average of 52.31. Dravid also amassed 10889 runs in 344 ODI matches at an average of 39.16.