Saqlain Mushtaq traps Alec Stewart lbw

Purple patch: Saqlain at Old Trafford in 2001, where he took 4 for 74 in the second innings - including two in two balls

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Interview

'One has to listen to that inner voice'

Saqlain Mushtaq asked me to be at the gymnasium of West Indies' team hotel in Dhaka at 8pm. He showed up at 7.59 with a towel over his shoulder and a topi on his head. He took off his wristwatch and placed it on the coffee table to mark the 15 minutes I had been allotted. I hunted, nervously, for questions that might persuade him to stay longer, and eventually he did, as well as agreeing to meet for a second session. For a man with close to 500 international wickets and who is now a specialist coach, he was interested less in matters technical than philosophical

Interview by Subash Jayaraman |