Government clerk's son took a hat-trick in World Cup, broke the hearts of crores of Indians by dismissing Sachin
11 June On This Day: On this day, the Pakistani cricketer took a hat-trick in the 1999 World Cup. Saqlain took 208 wickets in his Test career and 288 wickets in ODIs. Not only this, but he also scored a century and 2 half-centuries in Tests.
New Delhi. The day of June 11 is very special for Saqlain Mushtaq, one of the legendary bowlers of Pakistan, and his fans. On the same day, Saqlain took a hat-trick in the World Cup when Pakistan defeated Zimbabwe by a huge margin of 148 runs. He became the second bowler to take a hat-trick in the World Cup. He became the second player after Wasim Akram to take a hat-trick twice in ODIs.
Saqlain had achieved this feat in the year 1999. He showed the way to the pavilion to the last three players of Zimbabwe's innings and also played a role in winning the match. However, the man of the match was Saeed Anwar, who scored a century of 103 runs. His name is also associated with the great Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar when Saqlain sent him to the pavilion in Chennai in 1999. Very few people know that Saqlain's father used to work as a government clerk.
Such was the Pak-Zimbabwe match
In the 1999 World Cup, Pakistan and Zimbabwe were facing to face at The Oval ground. Pakistan scored 271 for 9 in 50 overs thanks to the brilliant century innings of opener Saeed Anwar (103). Heath Streak and Henry Olonga took 2-2 wickets. Zimbabwe team was all out for 123 runs in 40.3 overs while chasing the target. Saqlain Mushtaq sent Olonga on the first ball of the 41st over of this match, Adam Huckal on the second, and Pomi Mbangwa on the third ball. With this, Zimbabwe's innings were reduced.
Saqlain took 496 international wickets
Saqlain played 49 Tests and 169 ODIs in his career. He has 208 wickets in Tests and 288 wickets in ODIs. He took a total of 833 wickets in 194 first-class matches in his career. Not only this, but he also scored a century and 2 half-centuries in Tests.
'I will be proud till my last breath'
Saqlain once said in an interview that it is a matter of pride for him to be associated with Sachin. Saqlain had said, 'The one above was on my side that day. I didn't think that I would get the Master Blaster out but when God makes a plan, he can't change it. Till my last breath, I will feel proud that I got Sachin out that day, my name will be associated with his name.