1999 October 30, 2010

The run-out that sparked a riot

When the first match in the inaugural Asian Test Championship descended into chaos with the controversial run-out of India's hero Sachin Tendulkar
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The idea of an Asian Test Championship must have seemed good - and lucrative - to the Asian Cricket Council in the late 1990s. Keen to boost income, the region's three big teams - Bangladesh were two years from getting Test status - would all meet and India and Pakistan's resumption of cricketing relations removed the last and most significant obstacle to the event.

Even before the start the Championship was threatened by politicians as those from India and Pakistan postured and tried to use the cricket for their own purposes. In the end it was agreed the tour of India by Pakistan could go ahead, but only shortly before it was scheduled to start.

The Calcutta Test in February 1999 was originally planned as the third and final match of the series between the two. But once the idea of the Asian Championship was accepted, it became the new tournament's inaugural game. The public showed their support and around 100,000 turned up on the first four days, and 65,000 on the fifth even though India had only four second-innings wickets left. The attendance smashed the 63-year-old record for the highest aggregate at a Test.

However, the game was marred by crowd trouble and was, Wisden observed, completed in near silence, "watched by a few officials, VIPs, journalists and police, after the crowd was forcibly expelled because of a riot".

The first three days passed without incident and, initially, India appeared to be on the way to a memorable victory as Pakistan slumped to 26 for 6 on the first morning. Led by Moin Khan's 70 they recovered to 185, and restricted India to a slender first-innings lead, although the crowd were left unsatisfied when Sachin Tendulkar was bowled by Shoaib Akhtar for a first-ball duck. The two were to cross swords again in the second innings.

Superb bowling from Javagal Srinath - he took 8 for 86 and 13 for 132 in the match - was matched by a brilliant innings from Saeed Anwar, who carried his bat for 188, as Pakistan made 316 second time around and set India a target of 279 with more than two days to get them.

By the fourth afternoon India were well placed on 143 for 2 when there came the incident which turned the whole game ugly.

Tendulkar, cheered to the rafters by a massive crowd when he came in, was on 7 when he clipped Wasim Akram to deep midwicket. He took two runs - completing 5000 Test runs in the process - and was on his way back for a third when substitute Nadeem Khan hit the stumps with his throw from the deep. In the ordinary course of events it was a straightforward third run even with the direct hit, but Tendulkar collided with Shoaib Akhtar, who was waiting close to the stumps to gather the return, and as a result was out of his ground, even though he may well have been just inside the crease at the moment of the collision. Steve Bucknor referred it to the third umpire, KT Francis, who, after a long delay, gave him out. This was the first series where all officials were neutral.

Who was at fault very much depends on who you support. Shoaib was doing what any fielder would have done, taking position two or three yards behind the stumps to take the return, not going close up because there was no likely run-out opportunity. He was just off the cut strip and at no time appeared to even glance at the batsman, and in fact had his back to him. Tendulkar did not seem to see Shoaib and was watching the ball on its return flight, even moving slightly and inadvertently into Shoaib as he tried to run his bat in.

The neutral's view seemed to be that it was a genuine accident, although in the Times, Richard Hobson was not sitting on the fence. "Tendulkar could blame only himself for the dismissal… he kept his eye on the throw instead of his own route to the crease. Wasim Akram, the Pakistan captain, was under no obligation to withdraw the appeal."

Tendulkar headed off looking slightly bewildered and went straight to the TV umpires' room instead of the dressing room, to see the incident replayed. He said nothing but just shook his head unbelievingly as he reviewed the dismissal.

Rahul Dravid blocked the final three balls of the over but then the huge crowd erupted at what was perceived as a gross injustice to their hero and started chanting "cheat, cheat", pelting Shoaib Akhtar with bottles and other objects as he returned to his position in the deep.

Eventually the umpires took the players from the field for an early tea and it was only after personal pleas from Tendulkar and ICC president Jagmohan Dalmiya that the match was able to resume. "It was good of Sachin to go out and pacify the crowd," said Dinesh Vajpal, Calcutta's chief of police. "Fortunately we had not allowed spectators to bring in anything lethal."

At the close, Dalmiya caused more than a few raised eyebrows when he claimed the trouble had been overblown. "The crowd felt an injustice had been done, but there was no violence as such and within five minutes they held up placards saying they were sorry," he said. "There were only 20 or so mischief-mongers and the rest of the crowd sorted the matter out themselves."

The 67-minute delay affected India more than Pakistan. Within a few minutes of the resumption Dravid was dismissed by Shoaib, and when Mohammad Azhuruddin and Nayan Mongia fell within seven runs of each other near the end of the day, Pakistan were in the driving seat. By stumps, India needed 65 with four wickets in hand.

Much depended on Sourav Ganguly, and after he fell to the ninth ball of the final day the mood in the crowd again turned ugly. When 20 minutes later Srinath was caught behind off Wasim Akram to leave India 231 for 9, Wisden reported: "Spectators started burning newspapers in the stands and hurled stones, fruit and plastic bottles on to the field. The match was held up for over three hours as about 65,000 people were removed by police and security men. The crowd's anger was still concentrated on Tendulkar's run-out, but there was little viciousness in the riot; it was born of disappointment rather than anti-Pakistan feeling. There was no sign of violence outside the ground."

But the Guardian was more critical of the police's tactics, saying they brought "no credit to the game or its decision-makers… they chased fans up the alleyways and elderly men, women and children were ejected, if necessary by kicking, punching and beating with lathi sticks".

It only took Pakistan 10 balls to complete their 46-run win, but they did so in a surreal atmosphere, completely in contrast to the din that had accompanied everything that had gone before. Only about 200 people were left inside the concrete bowl, although one elderly couple had refused to budge, steadfastly asserting their right to remain and watch. They stayed until the team took to the field, at which point around 50 security guards pounced and manhandled them out of the stadium.

Although the day before he had been one-eyed, the second far more serious disturbance rattled Dalmiya, who was angry and embarrassed. "I exactly don't find any reason for provocation today," he said. "The action is totally unjustified and uncalled for. The excitement of the crowd last evening was also too much. The spectators should learn that winning and losing is part of the game. Today's gesture was very clear that the last wicket would not be allowed to fall. I condemn today's action in strongest possible manner. Yesterday something happened in a spur of the moment but today there is no explanation.

"If that is the only motive of the spectators, that the visiting team shouldn't win here, I only leave it to the future and hope the God changes their [the crowd's] attitude."

At the post-match press conference, Wasim Akram lambasted the Indian media for stoking up the unrest. "Whatever has happened today, it is only because of you people and your reports. You have said that Shoaib obstructed Sachin from making his ground and I should have re-invited him to bat. Why should I do that? If a team fails for only one man, that is our bonus. The whole world saw none of them were responsible for the collision. But you have blamed me. Is that wise?

"You have held [the crowd] responsible for the whole wrong-doings, but I will never blame them for this because they were all pre-occupied with those reports, for which the saddest thing in Test cricket happened here today."

Azharuddin was much more downbeat. "I don't want to say anything more because I've already said that in 1996, when we lost the World Cup semi-final to Sri Lanka by default. I just want them to behave, because every time we cannot win. We are also human beings and any day we can fail. This incident has let us down in the world of cricket, and I don't know why they did that."

The great shame was that the match was a superb advertisement for Test cricket, even if the crowd's behaviour was not. But the next two games - Sri Lanka v India in Colombo and Pakistan v Sri Lanka in Lahore - were less so, and the final was woefully one-sided as Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by an innings and 175 runs in Dhaka.

Perhaps the last word should go to Dalmiya, who, after composing himself in the aftermath of the riots on the final day in Calcutta, cheerily told the media: "The game was finished and cricket was the winner."

The era of administrators genuinely out of touch with the real world and believing income was the be-all and end-all was with us.

What happened next?

  • Planned as a biannual event, the second Championship took place over eight months in 2001 and 2002 and was rendered fairly meaningless by the withdrawal of India because of another escalation of political tensions with Pakistan. Sri Lanka gained revenge over Pakistan in the final but Bangladesh, who managed to take only eight wickets in all, were thrashed by an innings in their two matches and the public and media interest without India's participation was negligible. With an increasingly packed international calendar, the third staging of the Championship was postponed and then it was quietly abandoned in 2006
  • Wasim Akram called for a two-year ban on Tests at Eden Gardens; the next game was not staged there until March 2001

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Martin Williamson is managing editor of Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Rohan1 on | November 2, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    @wolver, If you would bother to take time out to understand what the stats bases are actually telling you it may improve your "general knowledge". If you don't feel inclined to take the effort yourself please browse through several other blogs on the world xi...a lot of commentators have explained them....In any case your frustration and that of kiwirocker, etc is fully understandable. Tendulkar has now gone so far above all others besides the Don that certain folk are getting increasingly desperate to somehow bring him down. But you know what- Tendulkar isnt even done yet! so get ready for plenty more PAIN as the Maestro continues to get the runs and firmly plant himself in cricket history alongside the Don! LOL...all the best.

  • POSTED BY Kreacher_Rocks on | November 2, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    @Kiwirocker & @Wolver - the stats game can be played from both sides of the fence and figures can be moulded to highlight facts as you wish. Every player has had some players against whom he hasn't fared well and some against whom he has done pretty well. The net balance is what makes one player a great and another not so much. For your Akram, Donald and McGrath one can throw in SRT's averages against Ambrose (57.58), Walsh (66.11) and Warne (60.45), each a great bowler. FYI Lara's averages against Donald and Akram are pretty similar to SRT's and higher in case of McGrath. That just goes to show that a great bowler cannot have great averages against all great batsmen, the same way that a great batsman cannot have great averages against all great bowlers.

  • POSTED BY Truecricketbuff on | November 2, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    Another eg..."2)On the other hand in matches "including" a bowler , if even another bowler has got the batsman in question..credit goes to all bowlers. So, for eg. ,in the 98 pak series akram did not get tendulkar out once...but he still gets credit in matched "including" akram...understand?...".........Oh, by the way im sure you are aware that tendulkar has effectively again been voted in as the 2nd best batsman after Bradman on the world XI with 51 points (then richards 42, lara 28)......so, unless you and your dear friend kiwirocker know more than experts and ex captains who have watched cricket for 60 yrs.....this means you need to reexamine your knowledge of cricket...cheers

  • POSTED BY Truecricketbuff on | November 2, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    @wolver...here's an eg from another blog. there's lots of egs out there...if only you would be bothered to look...which obviously you arent' coz it doesnt suit you ..."1) For eg. in the 2000s lara "averages" 50 in matches "including" Flintoff. But his head-to-head( not "averages" as found on stats guru) vs. Flintoff in the 2000s is 20. Of course, we need entire career stats before judging ,but this is just an eg.The difference as you can see is a whopping 60%. The real problem is that at any point we don't know the quantum of difference involved,or even whether it is positive or negative…".........

  • POSTED BY Proteas123 on | November 2, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    @ Rohan1 - '(coincidentally?) ' Don't know what you're implying but it is ridiculous and shows a very single minded mentality. Don't know if Kiwirocker's stats are exact but they are definitely close, check the stats on cric info. Of course you won't do this as it will bring some reality to your perception of Sachin. And no I don't post on every forum and this forum is definitely not soley for fanatical sachin supporters. If these fanatical supporters are going to post some crazy comments, you can't expect other readers to not challenge it.

  • POSTED BY Rohan1 on | November 2, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Finally let me add- All laws are made to "ensure" a "fair" judgement. It is only with a "lawyer" mentality that anyone can argue that what transpired was "fair"......no true cricket/sportsfan would ever argue that

  • POSTED BY Rohan1 on | November 2, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    @Riyas Izzedeen...This is the problem. i.e You argue blindly on parochial or nationalistic grounds. Did you ppl even SEE the run out? Tendulkar had ALREADY grounded his bat IN the crease BEFORE the ball arrived....THEN he collided with Shoaib.....AFTER that the bat bounced up........and EVEN after that the ball hit the stumps......Never mind the high horse......By which act of sportsmanship or skill would you consider that out?

  • POSTED BY AhmadSaleem on | November 1, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    Hundred percent agree with Meety. Kiwirocker should try to find another job

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    its so dumb to blame the feilding sideall ST had to do was look where he was running. all batsmen do not walk and wicketkeepers constantly appeal for catched when the ball hit nothing so get off your high horse Rohan!

  • POSTED BY Rohan1 on | November 1, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    @meety, kiwirocker......etc. well said meety. he has got a cut and paste job which he goes on ad infinitum and ad nausuem with..and then wolver just waiting in the wings (coincidentally?) jumps in. you see it on each and every blog. point is , as so many others have mentioned, they dont even know that they are using wrong stats or what info they are getting out of the stats bases.

  • POSTED BY Rohan1 on | November 2, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    @wolver, If you would bother to take time out to understand what the stats bases are actually telling you it may improve your "general knowledge". If you don't feel inclined to take the effort yourself please browse through several other blogs on the world xi...a lot of commentators have explained them....In any case your frustration and that of kiwirocker, etc is fully understandable. Tendulkar has now gone so far above all others besides the Don that certain folk are getting increasingly desperate to somehow bring him down. But you know what- Tendulkar isnt even done yet! so get ready for plenty more PAIN as the Maestro continues to get the runs and firmly plant himself in cricket history alongside the Don! LOL...all the best.

  • POSTED BY Kreacher_Rocks on | November 2, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    @Kiwirocker & @Wolver - the stats game can be played from both sides of the fence and figures can be moulded to highlight facts as you wish. Every player has had some players against whom he hasn't fared well and some against whom he has done pretty well. The net balance is what makes one player a great and another not so much. For your Akram, Donald and McGrath one can throw in SRT's averages against Ambrose (57.58), Walsh (66.11) and Warne (60.45), each a great bowler. FYI Lara's averages against Donald and Akram are pretty similar to SRT's and higher in case of McGrath. That just goes to show that a great bowler cannot have great averages against all great batsmen, the same way that a great batsman cannot have great averages against all great bowlers.

  • POSTED BY Truecricketbuff on | November 2, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    Another eg..."2)On the other hand in matches "including" a bowler , if even another bowler has got the batsman in question..credit goes to all bowlers. So, for eg. ,in the 98 pak series akram did not get tendulkar out once...but he still gets credit in matched "including" akram...understand?...".........Oh, by the way im sure you are aware that tendulkar has effectively again been voted in as the 2nd best batsman after Bradman on the world XI with 51 points (then richards 42, lara 28)......so, unless you and your dear friend kiwirocker know more than experts and ex captains who have watched cricket for 60 yrs.....this means you need to reexamine your knowledge of cricket...cheers

  • POSTED BY Truecricketbuff on | November 2, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    @wolver...here's an eg from another blog. there's lots of egs out there...if only you would be bothered to look...which obviously you arent' coz it doesnt suit you ..."1) For eg. in the 2000s lara "averages" 50 in matches "including" Flintoff. But his head-to-head( not "averages" as found on stats guru) vs. Flintoff in the 2000s is 20. Of course, we need entire career stats before judging ,but this is just an eg.The difference as you can see is a whopping 60%. The real problem is that at any point we don't know the quantum of difference involved,or even whether it is positive or negative…".........

  • POSTED BY Proteas123 on | November 2, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    @ Rohan1 - '(coincidentally?) ' Don't know what you're implying but it is ridiculous and shows a very single minded mentality. Don't know if Kiwirocker's stats are exact but they are definitely close, check the stats on cric info. Of course you won't do this as it will bring some reality to your perception of Sachin. And no I don't post on every forum and this forum is definitely not soley for fanatical sachin supporters. If these fanatical supporters are going to post some crazy comments, you can't expect other readers to not challenge it.

  • POSTED BY Rohan1 on | November 2, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Finally let me add- All laws are made to "ensure" a "fair" judgement. It is only with a "lawyer" mentality that anyone can argue that what transpired was "fair"......no true cricket/sportsfan would ever argue that

  • POSTED BY Rohan1 on | November 2, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    @Riyas Izzedeen...This is the problem. i.e You argue blindly on parochial or nationalistic grounds. Did you ppl even SEE the run out? Tendulkar had ALREADY grounded his bat IN the crease BEFORE the ball arrived....THEN he collided with Shoaib.....AFTER that the bat bounced up........and EVEN after that the ball hit the stumps......Never mind the high horse......By which act of sportsmanship or skill would you consider that out?

  • POSTED BY AhmadSaleem on | November 1, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    Hundred percent agree with Meety. Kiwirocker should try to find another job

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2010, 16:22 GMT

    its so dumb to blame the feilding sideall ST had to do was look where he was running. all batsmen do not walk and wicketkeepers constantly appeal for catched when the ball hit nothing so get off your high horse Rohan!

  • POSTED BY Rohan1 on | November 1, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    @meety, kiwirocker......etc. well said meety. he has got a cut and paste job which he goes on ad infinitum and ad nausuem with..and then wolver just waiting in the wings (coincidentally?) jumps in. you see it on each and every blog. point is , as so many others have mentioned, they dont even know that they are using wrong stats or what info they are getting out of the stats bases.

  • POSTED BY Rohan1 on | November 1, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    In the SPIRIT of cricket , how in the world can that be out? You can argue TECHNICALLY forever- but the batsman was clearly in. He collided with another so his bat got lifted up. But was he out SPORTINGLY? Did the opposition get him out with SKILL? NO. isnt the game (and ALL sport about contesting SKILLs with one another?).........

  • POSTED BY D.Nagarajan on | November 1, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    Think what were the odds-Nadeem Khan throws from the deep, the ball hits the stump directly just when Shoaib and Tendulkar collided. Well it was sad that a freak run out spoilt what was otherwise one of the finest of test matches. A sensational comeback on day one by Pak then India were really on top until the middle order cracked after the Shoaib Akhtar over, still India could have won easily had Azhar not dropped Saeed Anwar at the start of the second innings he went on to make a huge score and gave us a stiff target to chase. But again after the good start the Indian middle order collapsed after the freak run out. This match was purely an Indian middle order failure more than anything else and if ever a dropped catch turned a game on its head this was one. Srinath bowled his heart out in this match if only he had better fielding support.

  • POSTED BY Proteas123 on | November 1, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    @ KiwiRocker - You make a very good point. Sachin is easily the most overated player around. Everyone who is challenging your points do not have answers for the stats. Against the best Sachin has generally fallen short.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    @Umesh Kumar - I get why people criticize Tendulkar. But it's unfair to give the WC 03 final as an example of failing to deliver when needed. No one could have chased down 360. If anything that must have the time when Tendulkar felt least pressure. The result was already sealed in the first 50 overs.

  • POSTED BY cricket_fan_1 on | October 31, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    Abdul Razzaq is the best batsman that Pakistan has ever produced, Go get the WC back.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | October 31, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    @kiwirocker - whilst I get tired of SRT fantacism appearing in innappropriate forums, whether he is the best or 2nd best batsmen ever is a fair debate, the fact remains he is a great batsmen & one of the best off all time - no denying this. You seem to have a cut n paste blog that I have seen about 10 times lately & honestly it is getting boring. Whilst India do sit at the top of the rankings - it can't be undisputed until India take on Pakistan in Pakistan, (admit that is unlikely due to security), on paper India is superior, but I feel that pakistan always punches above their weight v India. Who would win? - Don't know but it would be a mouth watering contest.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | October 31, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    I have seen the incident a few times & can't go past SRT was out, rather unluckily. This is a bit like being runout at the non-strikers end from a deflection off the bowler. Unlucky but does happen. When you play the vast amount of games that SRT has, you are bound to get out in odd ways. Shoaib did nothing wrong & I don't believe that any other precedents warranted Akram to recall SRT. SRT could of decided not to take the run, he risked it & lost. It was a surprisingly good return from the outfield which did him in - not Shoaib. I think Indian fans need to take the good with the bad, I've enjoyed watching a dominant Oz team roll over the top of sides for years, but have had to cop the incredible like Laxman/Dravid or Lara's double century for a world record chase. India have had great memories/events over the last 10 yrs or so - have to accept that some times fate conspires against you & you lose from a strong position. Shame that there is not more India/Pak tests.

  • POSTED BY Engle on | October 31, 2010, 22:16 GMT

    Sometimes even Test cricketers make basic mistakes. There is a natural tendency to follow the ball while running, but the objective is to run fast, dive if necessary and ground the bat. Akram was justified in not recalling the appeal, because this was not an accident; it was Tendulkar's fault. Tendulkar made another batting mistake in not digging out Shoaib's yorker as it came immediately after Dravids yorker. He should have been watching out for it. In any event, this makes for good cricket folk - lore.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    I really don't get where the controversy was in this. Shoaib was entitled to stand where he did, and Tendulkar was supposed to look where he was running, but he did not. Enough said.

  • POSTED BY farhankhan82 on | October 31, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    joelucky , dear we are all cricket fans so lets be honest and graceful , moreover praise good cricket, but it would be a huge understatement to call that Inswinging yorker of Shoaib(kolkatta-1999) a FLUKE..! no way,i would have accepted it as fluke had it been just once but dear it was twice in two balls, first Dravid and next ball Sachin, now by no sorts can we call it Fluke...., Pace n swing combination is the natural gift Shoaib has and he has done it lot of times in his career,also two more such kind of deliveries swiftly come to my mind.... Sehwag(Multan-2004 ODI), Dravid (2nd Test-2007), That Six by Sachin in centurion surely was a fabulous one and it was also not by Fluke...

  • POSTED BY Hema_Adhikari on | October 31, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    This match is one of the matches identified by ICC as suspicious. Akram and Azhar were part of it so not much to expect there. Since they could not find a way to get rid of great Tendulkar, a way was found by scheming captains and other involved players such as Shoaib etc. This match was begining of a long decline for Pak and a way up for India that has made us the world no. 1.

  • POSTED BY BDKu on | October 31, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    Dear alphatruth, I am niether Indian nor a Pakisthani. I will admit any time Sachin is one of the best batsmen to set foot on a cricket ground. But Wasim is one of the best bowlers ever. May be Pakistan never had a batsman of Sachins ability. But India never had a bowler of Wasim's ability. All bowlers bowl @ tail enders but they still need to be bowled out. A wicket is a wicket just as a run is a run. Give credit where it is due be truthful.

  • POSTED BY analyseabhishek on | October 31, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    It's indeed difficult to put the blame on Shoaib Akhtar- the writer sums it up beautifully when he says that it all depends on which team you supported. Back then, I was a student and we all were convinced that Akhtar did it intentionally!

    Any which ways, it was the Indian team which had the wrong side of luck. Not only was Tendulkar dismissed needlessly after looking in feather smooth touch,the ensuing break only helped Pakistanis regroup and wrest back the initiative. To make matters worse for Sachin, he had also suffered that back injury which greatly reduced his efficacy during what could have been his peak years. Had it not happened, he would have been averaging 65 today instead of 55.

    However, Wasim Akram was certainly not bound by any stretch of imagination to any convention that required calling Tendulkar back. That might happen in amateur games- not with high stakes professionals.

  • POSTED BY 114_in_final_Six_overs on | October 31, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    I dont necessarily blame people criticizing any player if it is a fair criticism, but what some people do here is a travesty. But who can blame them, if my team was losing most of the matches, top players were banned and could not see any live cricket et al- I would be sharpening my typing skill as well.

  • POSTED BY Gulshan_Grover on | October 31, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    @kiwirocket: i have seen many people try to deride SRT, arguably the greatest batsman ever, but it seems the hatred has totally consumed you. Whatever you say or do is not going to even remotely affect the great champion but you are surely loosing health and sleep over it. Keep it up :)

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2010, 15:53 GMT

    Unfortunately, Indian fans have a history of rioting when things do not go their way, putting pressure on umpires, etc. If they truly revered Tendulkar as they claim, they would follow his example of sportsmanlike behaviour. Notice how the Little Master comes out well from this story, unlike his supporters.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Dear RA122, When I said India did not have 100% winning record, I mean something.The crowd always behaves till they do not feel that they were cheated .It was the favourite ground for players like Tony Graig and Clive Lloyd.Even Pakistan has won a match here when everything was virtually lost (One day in 1987).Crowd accepted it gracefully. Regarding Wasim Bhai's joining KKR , though it was not the topic of discussion, the point was - he did not have ay problem with the people of Calcutta.He did it after the retirement - accepted - but person was the same.Let us leave it.There is no point in dragging the subject like fighting between two old ladies who keeps on digging the grave of each others family for non issue.neither Sachin not Shoib would have remembered it clearly what had happened- and we are fighting.

  • POSTED BY cricket_fan_1 on | October 31, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    Whether its Karachi or Kolkota the fans are known for their bad behavior. Just like the English football fans. the Authorities should have proper security in place at these venues.

  • POSTED BY cricket_fan_1 on | October 31, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    @Kiwirocker - Though you act not to like Sachin. You seem to be his die hard fan mate. Sachin is still batting and his time is not over. He does'nt have to prove himself to the bowling of tainted captains such as Wasim Akram. Player such as Wasim would have been banned if they belonged to another country. Look at Yousuf and Younis all back after life bans. Joke !!

  • POSTED BY RA122 on | October 31, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    @ Vijay Singh Thakur and Aussie_Mike I was not saying that the other incidence involved Pakistan and thanks for reminding me the other incidence took place in 1996 world cup. It not surprising that you would bring into account some of the choices that Wasim Akram made years after this incidence because you don't have any thing valid to put forward to defend the behavior of the crowd. BTW What Wasim did after retirement is not the topic of discussion here.

  • POSTED BY zxaar on | October 31, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    @Umesh Kumar , what rubbish. Tendulkar averages 56 in odi finals and lets make one thing clear bangladesh etc do not make into finals. The world cup you site where tendulkar failed in finals, tendulkar broke his previous world record of highest runs in world cup. So much for not winning matches for india.

  • POSTED BY alphatruth on | October 31, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    @KiwiRocker, Pakistan yet to produce the quality bowler to match Sachin's skill. Wasim's most of the wickets were tail-enders. He was the most arrogant bowler I ever seen even the records he produces were all against mediocre batsmen. And who can forget the monkey dance of Javed. Pakistan never been good sport and it won't be a good cricketing country ever.

  • POSTED BY joelucky on | October 31, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    @dr_salmon who was responsible for the Karachi crowd's behavior when Pakistan was in a bad situation against India in 1990? How about another tour when Sachin was captain and the crowd behavior forced him to lead the players off the field. Kolkata behaviour was deplorable, but Karachi fans are no saints either. How about the man who assaulted Srikanth in 1990 and in the process ripped his shirt buttons? And to all the Pakistanis who think Akhtar's one fluke yorker was the greatest moment for them, the same can be said for Sachin's six off the first ball by Shoaib in Centurion. It silenced the boastful Shoaib for a long time.

  • POSTED BY dr_salman on | October 31, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    tendulkar is a legend...there s no doubt...no one is invincible...there r batsmen great bowlers rnt successful against...n there r bowlers difficult to play even by gr8 batsmen...doesnt reduce their greatness...i dun think one shd deny the fact that tendulkar is a legend...if he was average...he wudnt ve made 15000 test runs...n he s still playing n is in good form..y din someone else make these many runs?? so dun belittle him n his achievements !!

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    sachin is a great batsman, no doubt, but its also a fact that he did not produce many great innins against great bowlers of his time. like wasim did in 1992 for pak, sachin got out on very first over in 2003 final. even in world cup most of his centuries are against natherland, Zimbabwe, kenya etc. this is a fact. yes he played a good inn in 2003 against pak, but that is the only inn i remember him played against wasim ( he was drop on wasim early in that inn).

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | October 31, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    @KiwiRocket It seems you have no job other than blasting sachin . I have seen the same posts in many forums talking about sachins avg. "apart from a fluke century in Chennai, he miserably failed" Really? So anything other than century is a failure? I guess you have not forgotten those 'Great Memories' of 2003 world cup. Now about the averages against specific bowlers i already commented that in another forum. Last time i checked an indian fan ( a fanatic like you) has calculated the avg of BRIAN LARA against the same opponents when only those particular bowlers played and his avg is much less.(Can you confirm that? :0) But that will not make LARA avg cricketer. He ruled the cricket world with his class and we don't need this meaning less analysis from you BTW what is your BUTT doing to you PAK team?

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | October 31, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Great memories... This was the second and last time, most over rated batsman in world Tendulkar actually faced Wasim Akram and Co and apart from a fluke century in Chennai, he miserably failed. Ironically Tendulkar was one of most vocal opponents of playing against Pakistan in 90's. I wonder why. India got hammered fair and square in this series. Saeed Anwar reduced Kumble to an ordinary bowler..Just like he did during his 194 in ODI in 1997. Kumble 10 wickets in Delhi were thanks to some aweful Indian umpiring. Wasim Akram was a champion sportsman. Bad elements did dug up Delhi pitch but Wasim stayed in India to play the series for greater good. Akhtar's Yorker to Tendulkar is a memorable moment of game of cricket. India is most over rated team in world with no quality all rounder and a bowling attack that is worse than Bangladesh or actually NZ! Harbhajan Singh Averages 65 with bowl against Pakistan. Bring it on the 2011 World Cup. Let the world have party in India's backyard!

  • POSTED BY KiwiRocker- on | October 31, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    I am tired of people calling a mortal human as God and someone with an unknown IQ as Genius. Here is some hard cold facts about the most over rated batsman of world Tendulkar: In tests against Australia; Sachin averages a modest 36.77 against Australia when McGrath played. In test against SA; Sachin averages a pathetic 32 against South Africa whenever Allan Donald has played.Tendulkar was a failure against Wasim and Waqar and hardly played against them. He anyway averaged 32 runs against them. Interestingly he still averages around 40 against Pakistan. Against the 3 greatest fast bowlers of his era, whom he faced in more than one Test series, McGrath, Donald and Akram, Sachin has scored 1719 Test runs at a modest average of 34.3 (compared to his career average of 56). This is the very definition of being over-rated. You can not become best by scoring against Shane Warne. You need to score against the best to become the best. Just like Sir Viv Richards did against the best bowlers!

  • POSTED BY cricket_fan_1 on | October 31, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    SHIT HAPPENS. LET BYGONES BE BYGONES. The New generation of cricketers should show more sportsmanship and give fans a chance to forget such incidents..

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    batsman ship is not only about hitting boundaries and scoring runs, it was sachin fault. a batsman should watch while running. indian crowd behavior was disappointing.

  • POSTED BY faakir on | October 31, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    alright ... it was sachin's fault but in the chennai test saurav ganguly was caught by moin khan off saqlain mushtaq .... the ball had bounced and the keeper knew very well.....so how can you expect wasim akram to have the guts to call sachin tendulkar back when he knew sachin was pumped up and pakistani team was going to any extent to win.... even in this incident its nowhere shown that shoib did not do it on purpose as he could have easily watched sachin turning and the line he was running..... he could have done this to make the batsman run around him and run longer.... I personally believe that shoaib did this on purpose.... god knows the rest.....

  • POSTED BY Aussie_Mike on | October 31, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    RA122 - Please check Akram's latest IPL address - It reads Kolkota. Money can change things. Enjoy the SA series.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    Dear RA122, India does not have 100% winning record in Calcutta.They lost the matches badly as well.I don't know which other incidence you were talking about involving Pak team.If that was WC 1996, then it involved Sri Lanka. And Wasim Bhai blamed media , not the crowd.If Wasim Akram was so much frustrated with the crowd, why did he joined KKR as bowling coach in IPL ?

  • POSTED BY dr_salman on | October 31, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    ....and who was responsible for the crowds behaviour during the 1996 world cup semi final? jaysuria? ranatunga? cmon blame it on someone too...n well wen inzamam was out 'obstructing the ball' it was a clearer n bigger thing that indians shdnt even ve appealed...talks of withdrawing appeals apart !! cmon accept the crowds behavior n media reports (which provoked the crowd) were bad...!!

  • POSTED BY Hema_Adhikari on | October 31, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    And now, after demanding ban, Wasim Akram is coaching KKR and making few bucks out of it. I am sure he finds the same crowd quite pleasing these days...that old song whirrs...moneeeyeee

  • POSTED BY RA122 on | October 31, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    To all the respected Indian fans who think the fault was on Wasim Akram's part are sadly mistaken. With all due respect Sachin Tendulkar is the best batsmen of all times and he was the same back then and it is the responsibility of the batsmen to run around the bowler and in test cricket no one is going to take back an appeal on dismiassal of a player of the stature of Sachin Terndulkar especially when it is clearly his fault. The other thing Calcutta test was the pinnacle of bad beahviour by the indian crowd that was on going during the whole series. They just went out to see their team win and not good cricket. There was some great cricket played during the series but the indian crowd was only appreciative of their own team. And by the way that was the second event of appalling behaviour by the Calcutta crowd within 1-2 years, involving Pakistan team and that is why Wasim Akram rightly demanded ban on the venue.

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    Omarr Bhai, In Fact Sachin has made it.His bat was on the ground.because of the collision, his bat was in the air, when the ball hit the stumps.That was determined after number of replays. Is that the Cricketing law you are talking about ?

  • POSTED BY on | October 31, 2010, 2:48 GMT

    Omarr Bhai, Probably you know the Cricketing law better. I don't know which law you are talking about.Yes, in plain , simple, normal law, Sachin was out since he was found out of the crease (by third umpire, after a number of replays).Is that something you wanted to say ? Even a child knows this law. Don't tell me that human being has got eyes only on the front side.Most of the time,we can anticipate what is coming from behind .Eyes are not the only thing which gives signal to the mind.Anyway,I am blaming Shoib.He was completely focused on the ame at that moment .(So was Sachin).If you are talking about Sachin did not see him, just see the replay and find out when Shoib came into the frame and where was he standing.Again ,I am not saying he did it intentionally. It was not his fault.

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | October 31, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    I don't condone the stupid behaviour of the crowd. However, I beleive it doesn't go well on Wasim's resume that he appealed for such a run-out. Sports needs to be played fair and square. The captains should learn from Courtney Walsh's famous gesture in a World cup semi-final and Jayawardena's recalling of Andrew Symonds in one of the test matches even when the Lankans were getting beaten by the Aussies.

  • POSTED BY avis1001 on | October 30, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    Well, that is history, wherever there are die-hard fans, the riots happen if their favorites did not win. So, its just waste of time to discuss this and no one can ever say it did not happen again though.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    It Happens. Inzamam was given run out for avoiding a throw and given out obstructing the field when trying to avoid injury. If Inzamam had it the ball a bit awkwardly then the umpire would have given him not out but since he stopped it stylishly he was given out. Likewise Pieterson edged Afridi for 4 when he was not ready and given 4 runs but he was catch out he was given not out. No body blamed the umpires for breaking the law. Common sense should prevail but there are also laws. McCullum got Murli out when he went to congratulate partner. IT HAPPENS ONLY IN CRICKET

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 20:58 GMT

    @Vijay Singh Thakur

    Mr. study the cricket laws. And it was Sachin's fault all the way. Where was he watching? Unfortunately human beings have eyes only on the front side of face.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    I too remember the incident well. Its neither a fault of Sachin nor Shoaib. But common sense should have prevailed for the umpires and Wasim bhai and should have given Sachin benifit of doubt. Quite rightly, in those days Pak is superior to India and India's hopes always rested on Sachin, even in test matches. Considering that, its a blunder as a team cant be robbed of a victory without winning it.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    I was 18 year old at that time and being an indian fan, i felt that it was fault of pakistani side...but now when i see i feel that iwas wrong it was my nationalistic feelings which prompted me to think that way...it was Sachin's fault.fielder was within his rights.........and btw that pakistani side was far better than indian team back then.......i guess we have turned the tide........

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Well.... I remember the incidence quite well. I remember Gavaskar's comment, Wasim's remarks , Yusuf Yohanna's provocative gesture to the spectators and all that ... My quest is - It was not Shoib's fault It was not Sachin's fault either...Then why Sachin (and in that way - India) was punished for that ? I think, none of these two, but Wasim and the umpires should be blamed . Akram should have withdrawn the appeal .Such a collision does occur and most of the time, umpires even do not consider the appeal.In this case, it was even referred to the third umpire.That means matter was so close.The benefit of the doubt should have atraightaway given to Sachin.As mentioned in the article, but for the collision, Sachin would have made the ground easily. Just think of that.If the appeal were withdrawn and Sachin was out in the very next ball, there would have been no uproars and riots - no matter India would have won or lost the match.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    @Paddy Mohan.. Poor Tendulkar eh?? go back and see WC2003 Centurion match.. you will come to know who is poor.. Royal thrashing for akthar and pakistanis and they were knocked out eventually.. Sachin is still at top of his game and rankings?? May i know where akthar is???

  • POSTED BY Ilin on | October 30, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    NO WAYS.....yaar im an indian n can say biggest fan of sachin.....but his run out was quite right decision given....it was only tendulkar's mistake not to see where he was running......akhtar was ok on his side......it was an accident and sacin was given out correctly

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 15:14 GMT

    I disagree as a batsman you have to be ready to expect the bowler to get in position to collect the flight of the ball if it missed the stumps was naive of tendulkar to be just only looking at the ball.

  • POSTED BY kool_Indian on | October 30, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    @perl57 - thanks for the info. @aman.saxena - dude, thx 4 the link but whats wrong with you? Hear the commentary and also in the last shot, you can clearly see that Sachin's bat was grounded in the crease and due to collision the bat went off the ground and the stupid 3rd umpire was looking at only the close shots. I think what perl57 said makes complete sense. @vish2020 - I TOTALLY agree with u dude!!!

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | October 30, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    Can't believe there are Indian fans on here defending that sort of behaviour. Very disappointing.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | October 30, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    I hope my comments is judged from neutral point.

    I did not see what happened, so I will not pass my opinion about the run out, right or wrong. It happens in all games, specially the LBW decisions and one such decision can change the result of the match. The question is does this type of crowed unruliness happenes in other countries in such decisions? When you make your stars GOD, you are bound to have problem, SRT has been made GOD of cricket in India ( sorry for Gavaskar), so anything happens to him, his disciples are bound to react. Did anyone call Bradman or Sobers or Hammond GOD of cricket. That shows the taste of a section of spectators and media has a role to control that. I am glad to see the Tendulkar pacified the crowd after seeing the video, as he understood what happened.

  • POSTED BY Shafaaqat on | October 30, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    Quite a few fellows are suggesting that Wasim should have called back Sachin, I dont think so as the video suggests that none of Shoaib and Sachin were to be blamed and he was out as the bat was not grounded at the time ball hit the stumps.

    I would like to remind all of you an incident where Srikant was called back by Imran although he was clearly but unhappy, but got out the very next ball again. Why you guys want the same for Sachin. Our captains do have the courage to call back the batsmen :)

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Anyway the great part was that India got thrashed and poor Tendulkar looked like a kid, unable to handle an Akthar special ! Those were days when Ind failed miserably against a spirited PAK, who simply lifted their game when it came to the ordinary Indian team. That Pak team of 90's was simply great !

  • POSTED BY bul98 on | October 30, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Even looking at the video today it shows clearly that it was just an accident but as usual Indian media wants to make a big thing out of it. One thing has never changed in all these yrs is the way Indian media and crowds behaves when there team looses. (Never seen such a sore loosers) what happened against SL in semifinal of 96 WC. Well forget about the other teams they burn there own players house (for e.g Dhoni) in 2007 WC. Even on umpirings there media alwayz brings out the thing when there team get the wrong decision they never mention any thing ever if other team gets a bed decision. Do we know how many times Sachin Tendulkar has got decision Not out even though he was cleary out but nobody ever says any thing about that and no facts on that. How many times India has won games becasue of umpiring decisions? Nobody will bring that up ever but yes a one bad decision and it will be on the front page of every news paper on evry Channel (Like it happened during Aus tour)

  • POSTED BY kunal83 on | October 30, 2010, 12:28 GMT

    perl57 your comments are truly on the ball. The cricketing years of 1998 and 1999 were monumental for the get Indian cricket moving. Obviously Sourav taking over captaincy in 2000 was a great move.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    It was a choice between doing the right thing and losing the match, or just dump the spirit of cricket and win the match. Its a really tough choice as people who have played cricket at any level would know! @Hafeez Malik LOL :D didn't notice.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    i don remember any pakistani politician speaking agaisnt the tour..

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | October 30, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    This is real cricket!

    You have the best batsmen vs the best bowlers on show!

    There is no doubt that Ind have produced the best batsmen in history whilst, Pak have produced the best bowlers in the history of this game (Windies don't produce good bowlers today).

    My theory is that when Ind was split, every bowler went to Pak and every batsmen went to Ind. LOL

    The ashes is way toooo hyped and overrated.

  • POSTED BY varunrallapalli on | October 30, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    Mr.Shoaib Akhtar is the darling of controversies. He is mired in since his debut for Pakistan. One needs to be extra-careful to decide whether his intentions are genuine or not.

  • POSTED BY vish2020 on | October 30, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    I don't understand these fellow indians bashing our crowds! India is ruling the game of cricket at this moment with revenues because the game of cricket lives in our heart! WE PUT OUR EMOTIONS ON LINE AND PASSION IN OUR HEART WHEN WE INDIANS WATCH CRICKET! And don't tell us that it is just a game, because for us it's a matter of pride!! LOVE MY INDIAN CROWD!

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    as i was in the ground and experienced the emotion and the irk myself and sort of an accomplice.. i can't totally blame the crowd..26/6 in 30 mins.. then good first innings total frm pak.. then shoaib taking sachin (never mind rahul) first ball ..then losing the match almost in the second innings of pak until srinath had said anwar out and then then wrapped tem up with a fiercy spell..and then with all the hope in the world of winning this match swinging in pendulum, watching sachin get out again without scoring many...and that too by shoaib in an "unsporty" way..that was enough!!!! next day there was still hope..but saurav got out for 20 and that was the last nail in the coffin. having experienced the pain i'd rather sympathize with the crowd.. it was 1 month frm my 12th class final exam and Joint Entrance..still went for the match for two days.. what an Indian team it was.. 26/6, then losing the match frm there!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    I think decision on SRT's runout is very unfair.. just check this out on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYZELkEmB1I

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    I was at the ground that day.on the first day i was late on the ground due to security check and all and missed the first 30 mins.. india was 26/6 already...then frm there moin khan stoke the show..unlucky me...then india batted and rahul and sachin got out on two consecutive in swing yorkers from shoib.. next time i went to ground on the second innings..i think it was day 4... if u have been to ground u'd know mostly same ppl go there every day with season tickets..after the run out incident the crowd missed out sachin innings second time.it seemed shoib pushed him and he was disappointed going back..that was enough to irk a twice disappointed crowd missing out both his innings.shoib came to field at deep cover next over,right next to our stand.. the incense started from our stand..bottles flew..I threw an empty one as well..but that didn't reach shoib..as far i remem it was H block..the second cheapest of the tickets..sachin came afterwards to pacify our stand..didnt go next day..

  • POSTED BY aman.saxena on | October 30, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    @ perl57

    I dont know where you got your information from, But Sachins bat was Not grounded on the crease nor was it anywhere close. It was hanging in air. Please verify information before quoting someone elses claims.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYZELkEmB1I

  • POSTED BY Razor88 on | October 30, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    I really Hope there is Test Btw these 2 Nations in the Future.If so Pak dose not Stand a Chance Even If smith Umpires today.That has been the Diff In these 2 Teams Lately - "Consistency".India are Likely to Bounce back In the same match.Jus because they have the Ability to take 20 wkts and score tons of runs(In some matches since 1999 India Have Won From a Position only a God can Imagine of). If You ask me.India Has been Phenomenal There after(1999).We have won more Tests than lost :D. These days Incident like these won't occur though. The players and the fans have Grown Up.Rem recently in AUS(though there were heated arguments btw players there were never an incident like in 1999).Don't say it was played in aus. We Indian Fans were there too, Enuf Fans to make a Riot, Which din happen and It won't. I really Hope the Spot-Fixing and the Ipl Problems Ends soon.Only things like this can make Cricket look Ugly.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    I was there in the ground at the Eden Gardens when Shoib did run out Sachin.. the next over he was fielding right next to our stand at the deep cover... the incense started from our stand...bottles flew towards him..I threw one too (empty bottle, my row was quite a few rows behind from where Shoib was standing.. the bottle didn't reach him, not proud of the fact though :) )... of course the general feeling in the ground among the spectators was he was pushed by Shoib, that's why he couldn't make the ground and irked the crowd.. worst part was on the 5th day they couldn't make 65 runs 5 wickets in hand.. ganguly got out cheap and that was enough for the crowd.. I experienced the heat and emotion myself and I was as furious as the rest of the crowd..so can't take a stand against them here..

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    Why wasim should have invited tendulkar back,because he was out. but yeah you are right Wasim should have invited Tendulkar after the match and should have bowled to him by then. hahahaha what a shame, Anil kumble 10 wickets. We were so upset on that day and because of that we had to fight with some one over those wickets handed by bloody J Parkash, even today I hates this J Parkash

  • POSTED BY selvasnz on | October 30, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    After I read the following : " Wasim Akram called for a two-year ban on Tests at Eden Gardens; the next game was not staged there until March 2001, " What the hell, he is doing in India, that too participating in Calcutta Knight riders, Its very shame for him, as well as the Sharuk Khan should feel shame on Wasim Akram. I strongly suggests Wasim should get lost from India. Indian team don't need any of his Service.

  • POSTED BY crickstats on | October 30, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    I remember the match well, Nadim Khan, was the subsititude fielder, a brother of Moin, he threw the stumps down from the boundary line, it was an amazing piece of fielding, especially from a Pakistani. Also had a 1st glimpse VVS Laxman, he was a very tough batsman to dislodge. However, the showpiece was the balls to Dravid and Tendulkar in the 1st innings. It was Sachin's first 1st ball dismissal

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    Hello Hassan Syed the fact that Sachin was himself to blame is accepted and the 2 balls which shoiab akhtar bowled were also brilliant but the fact that Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar are two of the great batsmen in the world should be acknowledged by u which is what missing in your post. They both are great batsmen which the world knows if u dont accept then u r more worse than the kolkatta crowd.....

  • POSTED BY rg209 on | October 30, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    Before this incident I used to support Pakistan after India. But I have lost all respect for Wasim Akram after this incident. If Wasim had called back Tendulkar it would have gone a long way in mending relationships between the two countries,

  • POSTED BY AhmadSaleem on | October 30, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    The most memorable thing in that match was Shoaib's first ever ball to SRT and what a ball that was. He took 8 wickets and changed the course of the game

  • POSTED BY addiemanav on | October 30, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    @perl57 i really did not know that sachin actually told abt the rule to cammie smith..thanks for the info!!it obviously means that even after so many cameras and technology,evrything can be undone if u hav idiots managing the game!!by the way india should hav easily won that game..pak were 26-6,still got to 185 and eventually won by 40..similar thing happened in karachi 06',pak were 36-6 when irfan pathan took hattrick in the first over but at the end of the game the result was totally one-sided as india lost by 342runs.

  • POSTED BY ultrasnow on | October 30, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Akhtar could feel Tendulkar's presence via sixth sense and could even see him with his third eye thereby deliberately blocking him..

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    indians are very biased......the crowds in india have done it before and will do it in the future also......shameful act

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    talking of the riots..it was just because of yousuf youhana,his offensive gesture angered us,the people who were present on that very day the eden gardens.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    One of the greatest cricket match with one of worst crowd in the world. Eden Garder history is full of these kinds of riot. Pakistan would've won the series 3-0 if India would play with 11 players in Delhi. I remember even Indian commentators were critisizing umpiring decisoin is Delhi. It was totally pro Indian umpiring.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Well i was there on the 1st day and also on the 5th day at the Eden Gardens...No one should blame the crowd..we paid to watch the match and the bloody pakistanis were upto their old tricks with help from the biggest pro pakistani living in India--the bloody azharuddin..firstly it began with the Tendulkarun out..replays clearly showed it was not an usual collision rather shoaib akthar intentionally grabbed tendulkar's bat and swayed it just enough to make sure sachin was not properly in the crease,then the bloody azhar quietly ran on the field just to face a ball(that's enogh to seal the fate of the last batsman and that he cant again come and play according to the rules). Why shouldn't we the public shout and show our anger you nonsense fellow who wrote eden's crowd is like this only? There were atleast 1,00,000 people watching on all of the first four days..and you wasim akram talk in the right sense calling a ban on eden gardens it is your forefathers luck that you got play at eden.

  • POSTED BY Hafeez_Malik on | October 30, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    I was amazed by the Shoaib ball in that match particularly the wicket of Tendulkar in first innings but than this happened ............. Wasim should have invited Tendulkar back ......... the win was for Pakistan after India could't gain much in the first innings and as it was proved that the pitch was favouring fast bowlers, which Pakistan were have the better ones......... aftermath....... irony ......*Wasim Akram called for a two-year ban on Tests at Eden Gardens; the next game was not staged there until March 2001..... HA HA Wasim is now cricket consultant for Kolkata!!!!

  • POSTED BY perl57 on | October 30, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    This match in retrospect has done much better to India and Indian cricket. Refer how: a)After heading back into pavilion, Sachin took the rule book and showed cammie smith, that when a bat is grounded in the creases and is due to some collission pushed out by opponent for fair reason also, then it is deemed not out. Cammie Smith who could not even spell pak and Ind players right in the match announcements refused to accept it. That pissed everyone off. Azhar as captain did nothing, cammie got sold out, dalmiya already sold himself to the whims of ICC, and Sachin could not do much than to come out and requested fans to keep quiet. b) What transpired was that India kicked the bottom of ICC in coming years, thanks to Sourav and BCCI. BCCI called the shots. Sachin had another shot at akhtar who got his life destroyed with just that one ball in Wanderers. A match that was crucial. Many more can be added here but can't due to space. Retrospect, it was indeed an awakening of sorts...........

  • POSTED BY tikna on | October 30, 2010, 6:10 GMT

    I remember this incident and it really is a shame that the fans in Eden Gardens erupted like that on the last day. Its such a beautiful stadium is Eden Gardens and the people of Calcutta are very passionate cricket and football lovers but final day was indeed a shame.

    Bear in mind though it only takes about a few groups of people to create chaos, most are innocent and not interested in the hysterics. And this coming on the back of the 1996 WC debacle in Calcutta really did not do the city`s reputation any good. Had it been a lesser stadium with not so much history, passion and most importantly the capacity it would have been stripped off hosting international matches for a long long time

  • POSTED BY Vivek.Bhandari on | October 30, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    nothing new...the indo/pak spectators act alike especially when India/Pakistan match is on...we have seen enough riots in their matches...and also crowd trouble...one can remember Shiv Kumar Thind (Toronto), screaming 'alu alu' to Inzy...

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    Want to read about similar kind of situation that too in Calcutta in a test match involving India & West Indies in the 60s much, much before I was born, there were some true heoric acts displayed by some West indian cricketers.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    Oh my Gosh what a match that was. it was not a match it was a war. a war between the two old rivals who face the heat of not only the big Calcutta crowd but also the players. No one forgotten the two great delivery of Rocking Shobi produce in the crunch situation. The way India start dominant Pakistan its only shobi who bring back pakistan in the match and also become the proud for whole nation. Anwar carry his bat in the second inning also the great aspect of that championship. So all of these things one of the great cracker of the game of cricket in my life.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    Perhaps this is shown on the Cricinfo Website just because of the fact that they support Indian Cricket. It was simply Sachin Tendulkar who was wrong, he could have ran on the practice pitched. Shoaib Akthar was just doing what he should be.

    This match also refers the 2 magnificent bowled by Shoaib Akthar to what you call the 2 Great Batsmen, in the 1st Innings !

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    Now the situation is completely changed..After the IPL the feeling of enemity over foreign players is completely erdicated..So these kind of event will never ever happen..

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    It was a very sad moment for the cricket...and we hope incident of these kinds are eliminated... Wasim Akram was utterly right in his views that the crowed was fed with what Indian media gave them...the crowd was not responsible because if they are then the same would've happen in the first test of the series where after the close finish Pakistan team got the standing ovation and the behavior of the crowd was amazing...but get the Facts right dude... None of the Paki politicians apposed the tour...cricket has always bridge us closer

  • POSTED BY Prashant007Geetam on | October 30, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    Well Kolkata crowd has always been like that. In 1967, 1969, 1985, 1996. They have done it number of times.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    The 1999 India Pak Series was really the greatest test series ever.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Firstly Wasim Akram is one of the greatest bowlers of all time and is also one of my favorite. He called for a two year ban on Tests at Eden Gardens and look now where gets his income from??? He is current coach for Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens..HAHA...This is what fate can do to you and but that is all he can do. But he should be thankful to Sharukh Khan for being picking him bcuz everyone knows SRK is soooooooooooo Pro-pakistani!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY gilbert84 on | October 30, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    This was actually one of Test history's greatest matches. India reducing Pakistan to 26-6, then the awesome fightback from Moin Khan; ShoaibAkhtar announcing himself on the world stage by knocking back the stumps of Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar off consecutive balls; Javagal Srinath's 8 wickets in the second innings, and Saeed Anwar carrying his bat for 188*. Too bad this was considered part of the Asian Test Championship, otherwise it would have been part of a fantastic 3 match Test series.

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  • POSTED BY gilbert84 on | October 30, 2010, 4:20 GMT

    This was actually one of Test history's greatest matches. India reducing Pakistan to 26-6, then the awesome fightback from Moin Khan; ShoaibAkhtar announcing himself on the world stage by knocking back the stumps of Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar off consecutive balls; Javagal Srinath's 8 wickets in the second innings, and Saeed Anwar carrying his bat for 188*. Too bad this was considered part of the Asian Test Championship, otherwise it would have been part of a fantastic 3 match Test series.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Firstly Wasim Akram is one of the greatest bowlers of all time and is also one of my favorite. He called for a two year ban on Tests at Eden Gardens and look now where gets his income from??? He is current coach for Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens..HAHA...This is what fate can do to you and but that is all he can do. But he should be thankful to Sharukh Khan for being picking him bcuz everyone knows SRK is soooooooooooo Pro-pakistani!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    The 1999 India Pak Series was really the greatest test series ever.

  • POSTED BY Prashant007Geetam on | October 30, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    Well Kolkata crowd has always been like that. In 1967, 1969, 1985, 1996. They have done it number of times.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    It was a very sad moment for the cricket...and we hope incident of these kinds are eliminated... Wasim Akram was utterly right in his views that the crowed was fed with what Indian media gave them...the crowd was not responsible because if they are then the same would've happen in the first test of the series where after the close finish Pakistan team got the standing ovation and the behavior of the crowd was amazing...but get the Facts right dude... None of the Paki politicians apposed the tour...cricket has always bridge us closer

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    Now the situation is completely changed..After the IPL the feeling of enemity over foreign players is completely erdicated..So these kind of event will never ever happen..

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    Perhaps this is shown on the Cricinfo Website just because of the fact that they support Indian Cricket. It was simply Sachin Tendulkar who was wrong, he could have ran on the practice pitched. Shoaib Akthar was just doing what he should be.

    This match also refers the 2 magnificent bowled by Shoaib Akthar to what you call the 2 Great Batsmen, in the 1st Innings !

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    Oh my Gosh what a match that was. it was not a match it was a war. a war between the two old rivals who face the heat of not only the big Calcutta crowd but also the players. No one forgotten the two great delivery of Rocking Shobi produce in the crunch situation. The way India start dominant Pakistan its only shobi who bring back pakistan in the match and also become the proud for whole nation. Anwar carry his bat in the second inning also the great aspect of that championship. So all of these things one of the great cracker of the game of cricket in my life.

  • POSTED BY on | October 30, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    Want to read about similar kind of situation that too in Calcutta in a test match involving India & West Indies in the 60s much, much before I was born, there were some true heoric acts displayed by some West indian cricketers.

  • POSTED BY Vivek.Bhandari on | October 30, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    nothing new...the indo/pak spectators act alike especially when India/Pakistan match is on...we have seen enough riots in their matches...and also crowd trouble...one can remember Shiv Kumar Thind (Toronto), screaming 'alu alu' to Inzy...