Recently, Wasim Akram shared a few more details on his controversial mid-pitch conversation with Waqar Younis during the second innings of the 1999 Kotla Test. The conversation happened while Anil Kumble was nearing his record 10th wicket.
Back in 2017, allegations over this discussion had led to an ugly spat between Akram and Kumble.
Akram was in conversation with Aakash Chopra, earlier this week.
When he was asked whether he and Waqar attempted to ensure Kumble doesn’t get the 10th wicket, he said, “No. That would be against the sportsman spirit. I said to Waqar Younis that if you play normal cricket, I will not get out to Anil Kumble. As a captain, I told Waqar to play his normal game and go for shots against Srinath.”
Previously, Akram had alleged it was Waqar’s suggestion that they should try to get run out. This way, Kumble wouldn’t have been able to take his 10th wicket in the innings.
In a 2005 interview with DNA, Akram said “Waqar came to me and said ‘How about getting run out?’ so that Kumble does not get his 10th wicket.”
In 2017, Waqar had tweeted the following reaction to this allegation:
“This never happened !! I think age is catching up with Wasim Bhai.”
Hitting back at Waqar, Akram had said “Get your facts right mate. And if we are going to go down the “age” road you know I’ll beat you in that game every time.”
However, the tweet was deleted later on.
The 2017 spat occurred after former Indian vice-captain Virender Sehwag shared a snippet of Akram’s interview from 2005. He did this on the 18th anniversary of the day.
On the other hand, team India ensured that Kumble got his 10th wicket. Speaking about the final moments of the memorable match, VVS Laxman wrote (in his biography):
“For the first time in his life, Javagal Srinath bowled not to take wickets, and there was one moment of alarm when Sadagopan Ramesh ran back to try and hold on to a catch off his bowling that was met with the most unparliamentary words from the bowler himself!”