Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal jokes he forced Sachin Tendulkar to retire from ODIs

One of the world's leading off-spinners, Ajmal says Kumar Sangakkara has been the toughest batsman to bowl. Ajmal also wants resumption of India versus Pakistan cricket, opining that Test cricket was the real thing.

updated: August 22, 2013 18:08 IST
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Among his 140 one-day International wickets, top Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal perhaps cherishes his Asia Cup wicket of Sachin Tendulkar the most. On March 18, 2012 at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Tendulkar edged an Ajmal 'doosra' to Younis Khan at slips after scoring a 48-ball 52. India won the match by six wickets and with 13 balls to spare but interestingly, Tendulkar quit playing ODIs after that Asia Cup game.

Speaking to Wisden India in an exclusive interview, Ajmal jokingly says that it was his wicket that forced Tendulkar to call time on his ODI career after 463 matches. Ajmal says he has always been successful against Tendulkar. "I took his wicket in Mohali (2011 World Cup semifinal after Tendulkar scored 85 as an opener with Virender Sehwag) as well. He is a super superstar, that's what the world calls him. He has nearly 50,000 runs in professional cricket. So obviously it was great moment for me when I took his wicket.

"He was having trouble in picking the 'doosra' in his last ODI in the Asia Cup. Misbah said to me we could get him out caught at slips. Younis Khan moved to slips and it worked out exactly as planned. I got the wicket of the world-class batsman and it came off such a great delivery that he was compelled to quit ODI cricket after it," Ajmal said.

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