Former Netherlands cricketer Tim de Leede recalled a fit in opposition to India when he took the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar. Interestingly, this used to be his first wicket in international cricket. Tim took 4 wickets for 35 runs, which additionally incorporated the wickets of Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. The 55-year-old participant mentioned that he regrets no longer with the ability to win over India.
“I think about it from time to time. I regret that we could not score runs. This was a golden opportunity for us to defeat India. We missed. I have kept that ball. We played the 1996 World Cup, and then in 1999 we missed out but we managed to qualify for the South Africa World Cup in 2003. I thought this would be my last World Cup,” Tim informed The Indian Express.
“I had by no means taken any wickets and not scored a half-century. I used to be 35 on the time, and I educated as exhausting as I ever had. I assumed whether or not I am getting one wicket or ranking a half-century, I’ve to provide one hundred pc to the staff. Luckily I were given one wicket within the first fit and it used to be of Tendulkar.
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After the fit, umpire Peter Willey requested him, ‘You want the fit ball since you don’t seem to be going to take Sachin’s wicket once more.’ To which he answered, “Why not”. After this Willie requested him to get a freelance with Tendulkar however after that he may just no longer meet the Indian cricketer.
Tim additional recalled that once a 12 months they were given an opportunity to satisfy Tendulkar once more and were given an autograph on his fit ball. The Indian staff used to be enjoying a triangular collection and Tendulkar used to be injured. The Indian cricketer used to be consulting a physio for a tennis elbow harm and used to be a pal of Tim.
“A friend of mine, who is a physio from The Hague, called me and said, ‘You’ll never guess who I’m treating now.’ I asked who? He replied, ‘It is Sachin Tendulkar.’ My friend said ‘He will be here every day.’ Sachin was roaming on the streets of The Hague, no one recognized him. He loved it. We chatted for 45 minutes. He remembered that game and told me an interesting story,” he mentioned.
“India came into the World Cup after a (5-2) defeat against New Zealand. Then we bowled them out for 200 and then they lost the next match (Australia) also. He said, ‘My wife said, Sachin you have to do something because people are going crazy.’ Sachin had to come on national TV and tell people that everything will be fine. He scored 98 runs against Pakistan, there will be a lot of pressure on him but he did it. Which is very commendable,” he added.
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