Saeed Ajmal still believes Sachin was out in the World Cup that day
India legend Sachin Tendulkar played a brilliant innings of 85 runs in that match. But when Sachin was at 23 runs, umpire Ian Gould gave him out in the over of Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal. However, third umpire Billy Bowden canceled that out.
If Sachin had been dismissed for 23 that day, the outcome of the match could have been different. Maybe Pakistan could have won. However, nine years after that World Cup, Pakistani spinner Saeed Ajmal is now claiming again that Sachin Tendulkar was out on that day. Still he was one hundred percent sure, Sachin was out. But the third umpire unfortunately overturned his dismissal decision.
“India’s star batsman Sachin Tendulkar (23) was out in Mohali that day,” said English umpire Ian Gold, recalling recently. “I’m still sure he was out.”
Saeed Ajmal opened his mouth after the statement of former ICC elite panel umpire Ian Gold. Ian Gold was one of the two field umpires in the semifinals that day. He gave Sachin a lbw out but TV umpire Billy Bowden reversed that decision and declared Sachin not out.
Saeed Ajmal, 42, said:
“It was a straight ball. I was 100% sure that Sachin was out. Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Kamran Akmal were repeatedly asking, I was saying, he is out. But later I was disappointed that Billy Bowden declared him not out.”
Ajmal added, “I never got a chance to bowl Sachin in Tests. That’s why whenever I found him in white-ball cricket, I tried to give my best.”
In an interview to a TV channel, Ajmal said, “The most disappointing was, we lost in the semis. Where Sachin’s 85 runs changed everything. Still, I think the decision of the third umpire broke our hearts. Probably Sachin was lucky that day. I also saw umpire Ian Gould was very disappointed that his decision had changed.”