IND vs PAK: Pakistan team wanted to break Sourav Ganguly’s ribs, Shoaib Akhtar revealed


Shoaib Akhtar disclosed in front of Virender Sehwag
Ganguly had to leave the field after getting hurt in the match

New Delhi. Bowling Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar on consecutive balls was a major turning point in Shoaib Akhtar’s career. Even after this, on many occasions the dangerous pacer troubled the batter of Team India. However, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly have also beaten Shoaib Akhtar a lot. In a match, Shoaib Akhtar bowled such a ball which hit Sourav Ganguly directly on his ribs. Moaning in pain, Ganguly had to leave the batting and go out of the field. This incident was not a coincidence, but a well-planned conspiracy, which was planned a day before the match. Shoaib Akhtar himself had disclosed the latter.

One ODI match was played between India and Pakistan in Mohali in 1999. Shoaib Akhtar spoke to Virender Sehwag about this match in a show on Star Sports. Shoaib said, I always used to target the head and ribs of the batter. I did too much of this in the Mohali ODI. Before the match started, I knew where Sourav Ganguly had to hit the ball. Shoaib Akhtar, popularly known as Rawalpindi Express, said, the team meeting was being held a day before the match. In this the senior players told me that you have to attack the body of the Indian batsmen. That’s why your balls will not be full length but short pitch.

‘You just hit, leave it to us to get you out’
Shoaib Akhtar said, when I got this order, I asked if I don’t want to get him out. In response to this I was told that you have a lot of pace, so you just have to hit the batter. Leave it to us how to get him out. Virender Sehwag, present in the show, said after hearing that I am sure Sourav Ganguly must be watching this interview. Then Shoaib Akhtar said that I have already told Ganguly that we did not intend to get you out in that match. We just had to attack your ribs.

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Team India got defeated
In this ODI played in Mohali, Team India was reduced to 196 runs while batting first. Sourav Ganguly scored the maximum 57 runs. Virender Sehwag came out to bat at number seven and was dismissed after scoring just one run. Saqlain Mushtaq took three and Shoaib Akhtar took two wickets. Pakistan achieved the target by losing 3 wickets in 42 overs. Ejaz Ahmed scored 89 not out and Inzamam-ul-Haq scored 63 not out.

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