Wasim had planned to hit me with a bouncer: Khaled Mahmud
Former Bangladesh all-rounder Khaled Mahmud Sujon was much hard-working throughout his whole cricket career. Everyone called him a ‘fighter’ because of his unwavering morale. The former captain is an excellent example of how to fight with limited ability.
As a new team, the big teams of his time used to laugh and joke about Bangladesh. Khaled Mahmud used to try to give the answer on the field. Such was the case at the 1999 World Cup and the 2000 Asia Cup. Wasim Akram, the then Pakistan captain, wanted to take revenge on Khaled Mahmud.
He told the same story in Tamim Iqbal’s live chat on Sunday night. He was accompanied by two former Bangladesh captains Naimur Rahman Durjoy and Habibul Bashar Sumon.
Talking about his clash with Wasim Akram, Khaled Mahmud said,
“I took 3 wickets against Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup. They are under pressure then. We had nothing to lose at that time. Wasim Akram played an over of me. I conceded a four in that over on straight drive. I looked him in the eye from the first ball of the over.”
“There was a reason, we had a bowling coach … I forgot the name,” said Sujon. “In fact, one day in front of him, I was bowling Shahriar Hossain in the net. Shahriar made a great shot. I was saying to him, ‘Good shot.’ Then the coach asked me, ‘Can you go to the match and say that?’ I told him, ‘No, it’s impossible.’ Then he said, ‘You don’t need to scold, you just show your aggression with your eyes.”
According to the coach’s advice, Sujon used that weapon against Wasim Akram, “I used that towards Wasim Akram. I gave him aggression with eyes. Then he insulted me. Said, ‘Why you looked at me, you are small.’ Then I did it again and he scolded me again. Then he also gave justice to Akram (Akram Khan). I remember he said, ‘Akram your little one is looking at me. I didn’t say anything else. “In the next over, He got out in Nannu’s over.”
Wasim Akram could not ignore Khaled Mahmud’s aggression. He was waiting for revenge. That opportunity came in front of Wasim in the 2000 Asia Cup. But Wasim could not able to take revenge.
“Next year played against Pakistan in the Asia Cup in Dhaka,” said Sujon. “I, Pilot, Durjoy all go one after the other (batting). So it is formidable, I or Pilot came at seven or eight. I was at seven and I don’t remember if Durjoy was at six. We got out early. I came back after got out in Razzak’s Yorker.
“Later, when Pilot (Khaled Mashud) went to bat, Wasim asked him, “Where is your little one?” Isn’t he playing today,’ then Pilot said, ‘He’s out. ’Then he said, ‘When is he out? There was no plan to get him out. Wasim had planned to hit me with a bouncer. In fact, Wasim had planned to hit me.”