"Saeed bhai, you are not supposed to play this match too seriously," Ajmal recalls Tendulkar's words from a charity game

Saeed Ajmal had picked up four wickets in his first four overs of the match.

Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh | GETTY

Former Pakistan cricketer Saeed Ajmal was part of the Rest of the World XI vs MCC match in 2014 which featured cricketers like Adam Gilchrist, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Brian Lara, and few more cricket greats. Ajmal recalled a chat with India legend Tendulkar during the match which he shared in an interview with Cricket Pakistan.

Ajmal, who was part of the MCC team, was asked by Tendulkar to take it easy and enjoy the match as it was a charity game. The MCC captain came to him and said more funds will be collected the longer the match goes. 

The ex-Pakistan spinner had picked up four wickets quickly as ROW XI went five wickets down for 68 at the end of 12 overs. He dismissed Gilchrist, Tamim Iqbal, Kevin Pietersen, and Shahid Afridi to finish with a figure of 4/45.

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"It was an MCC match. It's supposed to be a friendly match. The players are required to spend some time in the middle because the longer the game goes on, the more funds will be collected. When the match started, I picked up four wickets in four overs," Ajmal said.

"So, Sachin Tendulkar came running to me and he said, 'Saeed bhai, you are not supposed to play this match too seriously. This is a charity match. This is for the people who have come here to enjoy, they will have food, drinks. This match has to not get over before 6:30'," he further added.

"So I told him I was just bowling well to play in a positive way. So he said that 'I agree with you, but this is a charity match, so funds have to be collected. So enjoy the match, play cricket and have fun'. So that's what happened," he signed off.

ROW XI had posted a total of 293/7 as Yuvraj Singh smashed 132 runs and later MCC chased it down with 25 balls left and 7 wickets in hand. 

 
 

By Sihyeu Singh - 24 May, 2021

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