Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq recently admitted that Sourav Ganguly’s dismissal during the 1999 Chennai Test, courtesy a catch taken by wicketkeeper Moin Khan in the second innings, was a doubtful one.
Pakistan had won that iconic Test match by 12 runs despite the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s valiant 136 in the fourth innings.
In a YouTube video interview with Ravichandran Ashwin for his show ‘DRS with Ash’, Inzamam said he still cherishes the memories of the series.
Revisiting the incident, Ashwin asked, “I was a kid then and was watching the first live Test of my life at Chepauk. Sourav Ganguly played a shot and the ball went to silly-point where perhaps Moin Khan claimed a catch. Till date, we do not know if that was out or not out because the cameras were not that good those days.”
To which, Inzy replied: “There were two people involved in the affair. One Azhar Mahmood and the other, Moin Khan. When Sourav played the shot, it hit Azhar Mahmood first on his body and then Moin Khan caught it.”
“I cannot clearly tell you about it because Azhar was not playing that Test match. I was unwell in the second innings so in my place Azhar was the substitute. I was not on the ground at that time but I can say that the catch was a doubtful one.”
Inzamam’s honest admission left Ashwin in splits as the latter said, “Inzy bhai, I have to salute you now because you admitted that it was indeed a doubtful catch.”
Further recalling the hype and thrill of that Test match, Inzamam said: “One thing that is unforgettable about the match is the feeling we had of playing at home ground. After winning the match, we took the full round of the ground and the crowd applauded us as if it were India who won the match."