B’day Special: This Pakistani batsman was caught with Venkatesh Prasad


new Delhi. Not only for Pakistan, if it is talked about the openers played for all the countries, then the name of Aamer Sohail will definitely be taken. Today, Sohail, who is celebrating his 54th birthday today, has 2823 runs in 47 Tests and 4780 runs in 156 ODIs, even though he shows an average cricketer, but experts always said that Sohail did not use his full talent.

The sight of this talent was shown by Sohail in his only fourth Test match by playing an innings of 205 runs. But the most talked about Aamir Sohail is always to confront the Indian fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad in the last-8 match of the 1996 World Cup. Even today, experts blame Sohail’s loss of consciousness for Pakistan’s defeat in that quarter-final match played in Bangalore.

He had got Prasad wrong while pointing wrong
In fact, in that match played at Chinnaswamy Stadium, India had batting first and hit 287 runs. In response, the pair of Sohail and Saeed Anwar (for Pakistan) landed 84 runs in 10 overs. The run looked like it was flowing like flood water. Anwar was out on this score, but Sohail’s bat run kept rising. Meanwhile, Venkatesh Prasad came to bowl with the 15th over of the innings. Sohail, after hitting a four on his ball, made a sharp gesture and said that I will hit the next ball also there.

Angry Prasad won the match with three important wickets
Prasad got angry with Sohail’s challenge and won the match to his team by taking 3 important wickets including Sohail. At that time, Pakistan had scored 113 runs for 1 wicket. But in the next 19 runs, Prasad broke the back of Pakistan by returning veterans like Sohail, Ijaz Ahmed and Inzamam-ul-Haq, who were able to score 248 runs at 9 wickets. Prasad took 3 wickets for 45 runs.

Made an excellent match with Anwar against India
Aamir Sohail teamed up with Saeed Anwar to form the best opening pairing against India. While Sohail batted aggressively, Anwar was known for his classical touch. The pair had scored 1053 runs against India at an average of 50.14 in 21 matches between 1991 and 1998. The best partnership of both was 144 runs.

Controversies were closely related
In fact, one of the reasons why Sohail’s career was not too long was to be surrounded by controversies. He was blunt and did not take criticism from anyone. For this reason, the captaincy of the Pakistani team also had to leave him ahead of time. Recently, Sohail has been in controversies about his many statements.


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