Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has revealed that he and Shahid Afridi were worried in the 1999 Pepsi Cup final against India that Rahul Dravid will stay long on the pitch and spoil their Friday night plans. Rahul Dravid, who is famously called ‘The Wall’, and had the USP of staying as long as possible on the pitch.
The Pakistani duo was well aware of Rahul Dravid’s strategy and had planned to take his wicket in the soonest possible time so that they could enjoy their Friday night.
Sachin Tendulkar was not a part of the 1999 Pepsi Cup final against India at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Dravid could however only manage to score 25 runs off 37 deliveries in the same match.
I Hit His Pad And Urged The Umpire To Give Out Telling Him Its Friday Night
Pakistani pacer said Shahid Afridi urged him to bowl some special deliveries to get Rahul Dravid out the soonest possible. In a bid to get him out Shoaib hit his pads and called for an lbw wicket, the umpire remained motionless and Shoaib Akhtar urged him to give out telling him they had plans for the night.
“Shahid Afridi and I said Rahul Dravid will take a lot of time and it’s Friday night today. Afridi said bowl something and take his wicket else he will play for long. I hit him directly on the pad and urged umpire to raise his fingers.
“I even said it’s our Friday night. He did not give the decision in our favour but we had won in the end. Dravid was a difficult and determined batsman. It was difficult for me as well as him. He would play against me easily,” he added.
The Rawalpindi Express talks about his bowling technique against Rahul Dravid
The speedster talked about the way he used to bowl to Rahul Dravid and players like him, to easily get them sent back to the pavilion,
“If a batsman used to play, like Rahul Dravid, we would bowl him length balls. From close to the stump we would aim the gap between bat and pad, try hit the ball on the pad. There was a final match in Bangalore, I had dismissed Sadagopan Ramesh early, we took 3-4 wickets early. Sachin Tendulkar was not playing,” Shoaib said.
Well, the 1999 Pepsi Cup final was easily won by Pakistan by 123 runs. They bowled the Indian team all out for a wee 168 runs. Shoaib Akhtar took two wickets of Sadagoppan Ramesh and Amay Khurasiya in the match.