'As soon as you set your fields, the batsman knows your plans'

Former Pakistan offspinner Saqlain Mushtaq on the 1999 World Cup, fighting with Mohammad Yousuf, and hiding his wife in a closet

Interview by Scott Oliver |

"In Multan against India I was struggling even to walk in the field. Almost all the balls I bowled were arm balls. I couldn't roll my shoulder" Jewel Samad / © AFP

We were actually very confident that we were going to beat Australia in the 1999 World Cup final. Winning the toss and batting: I still can't understand why we did that.

A couple of days before we played India in Multan [2004] I went for a scan. I wasn't fit. They gave me injections in the shoulder and knee. Inzi was captain. He told me he wanted me to play. I said, "Inzi bhai, you've seen me. I haven't bowled for weeks. I think I'm seriously injured. Let me go back to England and sort out these things." He said nobody was performing well, I was needed. He convinced me to play. It was a flat wicket, some of our bowlers got injured, and after five overs, when all the painkillers came out of my system, I was struggling even to walk in the field. Almost all the balls I bowled were arm balls. I couldn't roll my shoulder. I heard that some people said Sehwag finished my career, but it wasn't like that.

When I was 14, playing with a proper ball, I had the grip for the doosra but no control. It used to come out with topspin. My shoulder muscles were very weak at that time. It took me until Under-19s to develop the muscles, the feelings, and the control with that grip.

Adam Hollioake was the Surrey captain. He used to stand at silly point for me, talking to the batsman, talking to me. He actually gave me the pattern: "If a new batsman comes in, you have to bowl the doosra. First ball." So I did that for two or three seasons and would get the batsman out first ball two or three times out of ten. Then later, he captained England against Pakistan in Sharjah. Adam came in to bat. I looked at him and said, "Hey skipper, doosra". He gave me a smile. He used to tell me that if he ever faced me he'd never ever go across the line. Anyway, I gave him the doosra first ball, he missed it trying to play through the on side, but unfortunately Moin Khan missed the stumping. Both of us started laughing. "Skipper, I told you I was going to bowl you the doosra," I said.

As soon as you set your fields, the batsman knows what sort of plans you have.

"I would have played for England if I'd been picked. It's an honour for me. This is my country now, and I have to think like that. My kids are here, I'm settled here"

I always said I will die twice: first, when I leave cricket; second, when I die.

When I retired I was at my peak and felt I had all this cricket left in me. That's why I became a coach. And I want to be a success at that as well, and give back to cricket. When the players I work with play, I feel the same sort of feelings and excitement. Physically I'm outside, but spiritually I'm inside.

When we lost to England in Karachi [2001], it was sunset prayer time in all the mosques. I was also fasting at that time. I'd been bowling the whole day and had no energy in my body. I was saying to Moin bhai: "We need to stop this Test match. I'm hungry and the sun has set. I need to break my fast, man. Forget about the Test match."

Danish Kaneria wasn't bowling well so they called me and said I had to come out to play Bangladesh. That's the thing with the PCB: they don't think about the bigger picture. They don't trust anyone. I went there, told them I wasn't fit, but they said: "No, no, no, you will play. We need you." I had an injection and played.

Where I grew up, there weren't any facilities where we could go and play. The parks were a long way away. Our house had a flat roof, so we used to play there after school with a table tennis ball. That's where I learned the doosra.

When I was picked for Pakistan, I was very excited, very nervous. There was a tingling feeling in the whole body. For the first hour or so, I wasn't feeling normal. I was somewhere else, you know.

The captaincy changed a lot early in my career [11 times in his first 18 Tests]. You need a good relationship with the captain. You need to know what sort of captain he is, how much he believes in you, is he defensive or attacking?

"Surrey captain Adam Hollioake gave me the pattern: 'If a new batsman comes in, you have to bowl the doosra. First ball'" © PA Photos

The bomb in Karachi was just a few minutes before we left the team hotel. Me and my wife were having breakfast. It was very scary. The whole building was shaking, all the windows were breaking. They told us not to go into the rooms, so we stayed by the pool for a few hours. New Zealand just flew straight home. We saw a few hands and legs on the road, and my wife was very shocked, crying a lot, and she asked to go straight back to Lahore. She didn't want to stay in Pakistan, and since then I have made my base in the UK. It was a terrible experience, but we were lucky that we were not on the road.

After the Chennai Test, I grew up very quickly. That series gave me special memories that I won't forget for the rest of my life. After the game, the Indian people stayed to applaud us. It showed that sport can bring people together.

At the 1999 World Cup we'd been travelling with our wives and family, enjoying the tournament, but before the semi-final the management said that wives are not allowed. I said to Sana: "I'm not going to send you home. I'm feeling comfortable. You're going to stay here." So I gave her a list of the hotels. She would check in before me, and I kept her in my room. Whenever the manager and coach came knocking, I told her to go and hide in the cupboard. [Mohammad] Yousuf and Azhar Mahmood came in one day and after a few minutes starting laughing. They told me that they knew she was in the room and that she could come out from the cupboard.

We lost to West Indies in Antigua by one wicket, but I definitely got Courtney Walsh out bat-pad. Later the umpire said sorry. They are human beings, they make mistakes. What can you do? But it was a great Test match. Wasim Akram wasn't feeling 100%, but he bowled a great spell, and that really taught me a lot about fighting for the team.

"Winning the Asian Test Championship in 1999 was a big thing, especially beating India on the way"

When I think about the top bowlers in the world, I just think they have been really lucky, really blessed. Yes, they were special, but they were lucky. They had good systems, good opportunities, good health.

I would have played for England if I'd been picked. Why not? It's an honour for me. This is my country now and I have to think like that. My kids are here, I'm settled here. Part of the religion says that wherever you're living, you have to be loyal and you have to be honest with that country.

The day we lost the World Cup final - I was with Surrey then, living in Clapham North - me and my wife went back to the flat. There was nothing in the fridge, so my wife said I had to go to the shop. I said: "Sana, I can't. We lost the game today and all the Asian people will be grumpy with me." She said: "No, this is England. Don't worry." So we went to Tooting. I was at the butcher's and three ladies started having a go at me.

There was a guy who played one Test for Pakistan: Ashfaq Ahmed. He came before Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Akram. He was a really good bowler: tall, strong. After a training camp, he fell off his motorbike and broke his bowling arm. After 12 months he came back, took a lot of wickets and got back into the Pakistan squad again. But he couldn't afford to buy a car, so while he was going to camp again, he had another accident and broke his bowling arm again. He was finished with cricket - even club cricket. Anyway, after a few years I was playing for Surrey and was going from The Oval to Tooting. I stopped at Balham station for a kebab roll, and that guy, Ashfaq Ahmed, was there, making kebabs. I said, "What are you doing here?" He told me he was studying and working part-time, making kebab rolls. I just started crying and crying, thinking how unlucky he was.

Toughest bowling conditions? Places where it's cold and windy - Wellington, Hobart, Manchester - are difficult. Wherever you go, if you're playing against a good team, they are always tough conditions.

It didn't matter whether the opposition spinner was taking a lot of wickets. I didn't feel extra pressure. I always used to concentrate on myself, back myself. If I'm feeling good, if I'm feeling happy, if I'm feeling in control, then that's all that matters.

Saqlain and Mohammad Yousuf added 248 for the seventh wicket in Christchurch in 2001

Saqlain and Mohammad Yousuf added 248 for the seventh wicket in Christchurch in 2001 © Getty Images

Me and Yousuf were playing cards before the Christchurch Test [2001], joking around, taking the mickey and then we got into a bit of an argument. I said: "Sorry, I didn't mean to upset you." Next day, Yousuf was batting when I went in. I said: "Yousuf, have you forgiven me? This is a Test match, we have to clear this up." But he didn't want to talk to me. So I said, "Okay, I'm not going to stand next to you." One of the New Zealand bowlers bowled one in my area and I hit it for a one-bounce four. The dressing room was like: "What are you doing? You need to stay there and support Yousuf." I said to Yousuf: "If you're not going to talk to me, I'm going to smack every ball." He said: "Do whatever you want." This happened every time I hit a four: same reaction from dressing room, same reaction from Yousuf. At the end of the day, I was on 20-odd and Yousuf was on about 70. I got back to the hotel and Yousuf had written a note: "Saqi bhai, sorry, I was just joking with you, but tomorrow is a very important day. If you stay I can make a hundred and get the bonus."

My favourite type of dismissal was caught at slip. Maybe the best one for Pakistan was Damien Martyn at Trent Bridge. I used to visualise it. And when it happened it gave you extra joy.

Some bowlers, their way is to be attacking, to bowl all the variations. Same with batsmen: KP's strength, Viv Richards' strength, is to attack the bowling. That is their personality. So I never say anyone should bowl this ball or that ball. Do whatever feels right as long as you are controlling the batsman.

Winning the Asian Test Championship in 1999 was a big thing, especially beating India on the way.

During the Christchurch Test, my wife said: "If you love me, you'll have to make fifty." So, I got to 50, then up to 70, going really slow. My wife sent another message out: "If you really, really love me, you have to make hundred." It was a lot of pressure. I was going to break the record for slowest Test hundred. I was 98 at the end of the next day. Next day, I was on 99 for about 40 minutes, but thanks to Nathan Astle for a ball on the leg side and I got the hundred.

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  • POSTED BY B on | February 25, 2015, 10:12 GMT

    To be honest I might have opted to ask for what Inzi asked for as well. At least if its WC or the big stage somehow.

    Either way, a wonderful read.

    And Ashfaq, we love you no matter where you are.

  • POSTED BY Neil on | February 23, 2015, 14:26 GMT

    I can never forget Moin Khan from behind the stumps: "That's the line Saqi!" Great bowler. Tormented the Indian teams of the late 90s, including the great SRT. The article suggests he's a decent human being too, which is not surprising given the manner in which he conducted himself on the field.

  • POSTED BY ebad on | February 23, 2015, 5:51 GMT

    I have always considered Saqi Bhai as the most underutilized asset of Pakistan cricket. A young man who ended up with 288 ODI wickets and 208 Test wickets before even turning 26 could have ended up as one of the all time greats of the game. The pioneer of the 'doosra' that too with a perfectly clean action. Loved this interview, revealed how honest and sweet this guy this. The Ashfaq Ahmed story is heart-breaking to say the least.

  • POSTED BY Ramesh on | February 23, 2015, 3:58 GMT

    Such an honest, candid, straight from the heart interview. Whatever they do on the field, Pakistanis have always been likable personalities. To make an impression in a bowling line-up that had Akram and Waqar is something phenomenal. Batsmen never got respite against Saqlain. Had he played for as long as he could have, I'm sure he'd have been one of the top wicket takers in the world. He had so much varieties with a legit action. Wishing him the best for his coaching career.

  • POSTED BY Paramjeet on | February 23, 2015, 3:18 GMT

    Saqlain, don't kid yourself. Virender Sehwag did end your career. Period.

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 22, 2015, 20:20 GMT

    An interview straight from the heart. Got to know more about Saqlain,

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 22, 2015, 11:17 GMT

    saqi bhai is a simple man but he was very profesional spinner,and he is the founder of dosra,pakistani cricket realy need such types of bowler these days,miss u alot saqi bhai in pakistan cricket team

  • POSTED BY Mohammad on | February 22, 2015, 11:05 GMT

    If what he has claimed saying Inzamam before Multan 2004 test was correct, then Inzamam was clearly responsible for worsening Saqlain's knee that ultimately resulted in his early exit from international cricket.

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 22, 2015, 8:51 GMT

    Saqi, a great bowler, a great human being.

  • POSTED BY Bill on | February 22, 2015, 2:56 GMT

    From the time I saw Abdul Qadir as a a young boy I was mesmerized by the leg spinner. He had a cheeky little smirk. A split second to ready himself. A litter lick of his bowling thumb as he would set off on the quirky unique run in and swirling action. Poetry in motion as he would deliver confusion in a cricket ball. Mushtaq Ahmed bowled so beautifully vs N.Z in the 1992 WC when Pakistan was on the verge of being eliminated and was a very gifted bowler. Saqlain Mushtaq one of the best records and a real match winner. 200 test wickets @ 29 & 288 wickets at an amazing avg of 21.78! Keep the art alive Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Jagat on | February 22, 2015, 2:40 GMT

    One of the best bowlers in Histroy of cricket, It was due to him, I started disliking Tendulkar, when we lost the test match(http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/63828.html), Pakistan could have taken his injuries seriously and Saqulain could have played for some more time.. Saqulain, Nice, honest write up and Job well done..!!

  • POSTED BY Michael on | February 22, 2015, 2:31 GMT

    Being an off-spin bowler as a younger lad, I took interest in all the best off-spinners around the world. Saqlain Mushtaq was no exception. Was a wonderful bowler for his country, which was terrifying as they had Waqar and Wasim running about at the time, and lead to a lot of teams thinking that they'd be getting a break against the slower bowlers. Not to say that Mustaq Ahmed and even Shahid Afridi were bad - they most certainly weren't.

    He was definitely someone that I'd admired greatly. I agree with the sentiments of others here; his career was over all too quickly. I hope he does well as a coach.

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 22, 2015, 0:39 GMT

    One of my favourite bowler. I think he left cricket at the wrong time, should have played a few more years. It was always lovely to see him play. His greatest gift to the cricket is 'doosra'. Amazing player all in all and an amazing interview.

  • POSTED BY Vinod on | February 21, 2015, 23:51 GMT

    What an awesome candid and honest write up......this guy was a real fighter, awesome and the main thing was his fighting attitude when it came to his lesser skill - batting -he never gave up....exemplary of what a tailender should do.....on the flip side -feel sorry for Ashfaq Ahmed....someone who has lost a lot chasing his passion...Is there any way, we - the common cricket fan and lover can do anything for Ashfaq? i

  • POSTED BY Colin on | February 21, 2015, 23:00 GMT

    A great interview. He comes across as a really good bloke. Definitely the best doosra bowler ever and his innovation reinvigorated the art of off spin. He is the only bowler that I have ever seen bowl it 100% clean all the time. Why don't the ICC pay for him to work with all of these guys throwing it?

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 22:28 GMT

    I like this article... A bit different than others. AS for SAQLAIN 10/10..so Clear and open

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 22:16 GMT

    Saqi bhai you are my favortie and will remain ever. A great person, a great cricketer and a great muslim your are.

  • POSTED BY sanjay on | February 21, 2015, 22:11 GMT

    deadly bowler. His career was finished way too soon. He won so many matches for pakistan! could have also played for england. england could have utilized him come to think of it. He will make a solid coach( having set right ajmal now). the man has immense knowledge of spin!

  • POSTED BY Rizwan on | February 21, 2015, 21:24 GMT

    Do Pakistanis actually fast and play test cricket - Even Hashim Amla does not fast during match days

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 21:15 GMT

    gentle men saqlain we lyk u forever,u r terminator 90's awl players r awsum..but 99 final made change o n every lyf

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 21:07 GMT

    I also remember their performance against india in 1999.when india need 5,6 runs and the have four wicket thats time i imagen that india must win and then saqlain came and he out them it was a surprise for me that pakistan win this match in india and saqlain was the hero of that match.realy he is a greatest player....

  • POSTED BY Shahid on | February 21, 2015, 20:39 GMT

    Awesome article. To me, he is the best spin bowler i've seen. Better than Shane Warne or Muralitharan. A real innovator and gutsy bowler, unpredictable. Remember, he used to come on 31st over and then bowl 10 overs at a stretch. Imagine the confidence captains would have on him. I remember, the great Imran khan saying (when Saqlain was not playing for Pak) that Pakistan is not picking the best spinner of the world. As usual, how correct he was!!!

  • POSTED BY kumar on | February 21, 2015, 19:52 GMT

    He is my favourite bowler when Pakistan plays against any opposition and most hated bowler when he plays against India. Its very difficult to find such a bowler now a days and after reading this article my respect for him grows multiple times.. God Bless Saqi bhai..

  • POSTED BY David on | February 21, 2015, 19:42 GMT

    This article was very refreshing to read! Saqlain was open and honest, tells you a lot about him.

  • POSTED BY Johnny on | February 21, 2015, 19:33 GMT

    Ashfaq Ahmed story is not sad but important, shows how he did not lose hope and instead of becoming a lower or drunkard found no shame in hard days work. and immigrated to a new land in search of better opportunity and change of luck..... I sure hope he owns a small restaurant in England and laughs at his stint as Pakistan fast bowler.

  • POSTED BY Dummy on | February 21, 2015, 18:44 GMT

    Pak opted to bat first in the 1999 WC final because Akram knew that his team was a pathetic chasing side..simple.. No trainer

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 18:19 GMT

    Saqlain bhai was quite a character when he played and I loved to watch him bowl..his bowling action was rather funny, hopping like a bunny before delivering the ball and his doosras were too good.. I am an Indian fan btw..miss players like him in Pakistan team because they used to give tough fight to us unlike the current crop.. My fav memory is when we beat Pakistan in Pakistan in 2004 in both tests and ODIs..

  • POSTED BY Nithin on | February 21, 2015, 17:29 GMT

    lovely article, very different from the other Interviews which are pretty much based on a standard template.

  • POSTED BY Rahul on | February 21, 2015, 15:45 GMT

    Nice mentions and touching memories. Felt very bad for that guy Ashfaq Ahmed, how cruel fate can be. After reading the incident between Yousaf and Saqlain, I got a feeling that players do get their personal conflicts into the match, else why would Saqlain smack the ball knowing that team wants him to support him , and Yousaf too, instead of talking and calming him down, told him do what ever u like. Thats strange. He may have been jocking, but thats a match and no jocking around, saqlain might have got out for any ball playing like that.

  • POSTED BY Sagar on | February 21, 2015, 15:30 GMT

    i think from 2001 /02 he played very less for pak.He always used to play in eng counties.even in 2003 wc ,he played few matches only.But saying "When I retired I was at my peak",i dont think it is true.From 2001-02 ,i think he behaved like a freelancer .He was vry gud in 99.But desilva's batting against him was master class.

  • POSTED BY Saeed on | February 21, 2015, 15:12 GMT

    Great Career summary Saqlain Bhai.

  • POSTED BY Ashwath on | February 21, 2015, 14:58 GMT

    Brilliant article! Saqlain should have probably played another 30-40 tests. But at least he played that many tests, unlike poor Ashfaq Ahmed.

  • POSTED BY Arun on | February 21, 2015, 14:38 GMT

    Glad to see more mentions of the Chennai test; I was there @ the Chepauk stadium & was applauding the Pak's - great game, even better finish, only because the better team won on that day...

    Saq was a great bowler - would have been even better had Akram been his captain & had stayed as captain for a few years - but Pak's cricket admin struggles are well known, so didn't come as surprise to see the musical chair for captain strategy...

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 14:26 GMT

    Great Article. You are an asset and we are proud of you.

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 14:24 GMT

    One of the best articles from a cricket star i've read. The Ashfaq story is more important, more piercing than even cricket. Cricket is just a sport. That was pure life and thank you to Saqlain Mushtaq for being so painfully honest compared to most others who would have taken a diplomatic approach or a dull approach without revealing much. Wasim Akram's hardwork and dedication is well known, here it is further cemented. Saqlain Mushtaqs opinions and suggestions also show that he is a very intelligent man.Hope his children or he himself go to greater heights and even play or be associated to Englands national side too!

  • POSTED BY Cricinfouser on | February 21, 2015, 14:02 GMT

    Nice touching article...especially the Ashfaq Ahmed part, its very sad. So imagine how important the Luck factor is to a human being. Good to hear that you are settled in UK and i believe you owe England to train someone like you for English cricket. In this new batting friendly age we need some good spinners who actually spin the ball with variation rather than fillers in a team.. I still remember how much you made me cry n Chennai test but it really get golden age of Cricket where it was played in true spirit.

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 13:38 GMT

    Absolutely true that Sehwag ended his career.

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 12:48 GMT

    Great Article Saqi Bhai.... I also still can't understand why Wasim akram opt to batt first in the 1999 WC Final in the cloudy conditions...{Something wrong at the Bottom}

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 12:44 GMT

    What a great piece; lovely to hear Saqlain's memories and quirky stories from his career. An excellent cricketer. More of these type of articles would certainly be welcomed, Cricinfo.

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 12:20 GMT

    Great bowler with a great temperment in the field. Wish India had a bowler like you. Anil Kumble and Saqlain have been my role models of Cricket. God bless you and your family.

  • POSTED BY chuck on | February 21, 2015, 12:19 GMT

    great article... too bad to hear about Ashfaq. great to hear all indains applaud for him and how he said sport can get everyone together. So true.

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 12:01 GMT

    What a gem of an article! I remember that delivery to Damien Martin. It was like a leg break. Murali also admitted he developed the dosra watching Saqlain and he was a different bowler from there on. Best wishes to you Saqi bhai.

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 10:45 GMT

    One Of the Best Article (y)

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 10:45 GMT

    Brilliant article. Sorry to read about Ashfaq Ahmed.

  • POSTED BY Vikram on | February 21, 2015, 10:10 GMT

    Nice article, Scott, maybe because you kept the verbatim as such :). Wishing Saqlain all the best

  • POSTED BY Dummy on | February 21, 2015, 9:44 GMT

    Saqi Bhai you were and still are an asset of Pakistan.. All time top spinner in Pakistan Ranks and the Pioneer of inventing doosra.. Aming those the likes of Wasim & Waqar Inventioners of Reverse Swing!! Too bad PCB always either under utilizes their assets or discards of their most valued personalities but Pakistan Cricket still needs you!!

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 9:26 GMT

    Awesome read! Need more pieces like this. :)

  • POSTED BY suresh on | February 21, 2015, 8:21 GMT

    I always enjoyed watching his bowling. And neither was he an intimidating person, always looked pleasant ! Good Luck, Saqlain !

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 8:00 GMT

    Great article. Saki the top lad

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 7:53 GMT

    Lovely anecdotes from various stages of Saqlain's career. Highly enjoyable read. The Ashfaq Ahmed episode clearly emphasizes the luck factor we need to succeed in any sphere of life. A true life story of "what could have been"!

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 7:02 GMT

    Great Guy. Can never forget the Chennai test, it was a heart break for all of us in India but great sportsmen transcend geographic boundaries and with that game Saqi won our hearts.

  • POSTED BY Danny Franklin on | February 21, 2015, 6:57 GMT

    Wonderful article. I always knew Saqlain as one of the bowling greats in cricket. But through this, now I know he is an amazing person in real life too! Good luck bhai!

  • POSTED BY Master uv on | February 21, 2015, 6:56 GMT

    Sorry to hear abt Ashfaq Ahmed. :(

  • POSTED BY Dummy on | February 21, 2015, 6:55 GMT

    Great article. Thanks to Saki, the father of Doosra.

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 6:48 GMT

    No appriciation for talent in Pakistan. He was a great player and England gave him respect...Legend of Doosra ball

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 6:42 GMT

    awesome interview with sweet memories..

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 6:27 GMT

    seriously looked up to him so much growing up in Australia classic offspinner who had all the tricks

  • POSTED BY Zahirul on | February 21, 2015, 6:18 GMT

    Legends make with Attitude, not with the skill alone. He is the kind of a person young players will look up still after 50 years of time. I sincerely wish Bangladesh gets him back as bowling consultant, he did some brilliant job with young lads.

  • POSTED BY crazy on | February 21, 2015, 6:16 GMT

    Love u saqi..we miss u..now the players dont have zeal or spirit to win that's the big problem. Very interesting to read this article

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 6:10 GMT

    You are Great!! I still remember the Chennai Test!! and in series 2Tests and 20 wickets!

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 6:06 GMT

    Loved reading it. All the best Saqlain. You are very spl

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 5:41 GMT

    A very talented cricketer and down to earth person.

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 5:29 GMT

    I really admire his efforts and he is truly one of the greatest spinners of all time but what i all see in this article is tons of complaints.

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 5:22 GMT

    very interesting read this!

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 5:14 GMT

    Love you Saqlain Bahi......You are the legend.Salute you.!

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 5:10 GMT

    Interesting memoirs.....!!

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 5:08 GMT

    what a character saqi bhai is. totally revolutionized the art of off spinner

  • POSTED BY Dummy4 on | February 21, 2015, 4:47 GMT

    A True Cricketer and A Super Human as well !