Sadiq Mohammad August 26, 2012

'Stay on the wicket and runs will come'

Sadiq Mohammad on the valuable advice he got from older brother Mushtaq, having words with Andy Roberts, and being compared with Neil Harvey

First time I couldn't sleep because of cricket
The night before my first Test match. I thought about batting with Hanif [Mohammad], one of the greatest, would be very challenging. If I don't do well, fingers will be pointed, I thought.

First piece of cricket advice I got
It was from my brother Mushtaq Mohammad. He said: Try to stay on the wicket and runs will come. Just concentrate to survive that particular ball.

First cricketing autograph
Dennis Compton's, in early '50s, when I was a child. He was in Karachi because his aircraft had to make an emergency landing due to some malfunction.

First time I lost my cool on the field
Against West Indies in the fourth Test of 1976-77 series - the batsman's snick was caught by our wicketkeeper Wasim Bari around second slip. Andy Roberts was the batsman. He didn't walk and the umpire also didn't raise a finger. I said a few words to Roberts. I told him, "This is blatant cheating".

First meeting with a cricket idol
Neil Harvey, during Pakistan's tour of Australia in 1972-73. Some people compared me with him because we were both both left-handers, and short and compact.

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