Former India batsman Hemang Badani has shared a hilarious incident involving Javagal Srinath and Sachin Tendulkar. Forward of the 2002 ODI in opposition to England in Cuttack, Srinath was uncharacteristically iffy, and Tendulkar reached into his bag of methods to make sure the previous quick bowler removed any nerves he could have been having.
“For some unusual cause at Cuttack, he [Srinath] was extraordinarily nervous, extraordinarily wobbly, which he usually isn’t,” Badani mentioned on his Instagram account on the episode of #StorieswithHemangBadani. “Java [Srinath] is extraordinarily vocal and really assured in his regular self, however for some unusual cause, he was a bit of nervous that day.
“And, I wasn’t enjoying that recreation. So, what Sachin requested me to try this recreation was – Srinath, clearly being a 6′2, 6’3 [tall], had actually lengthy pants, and Sachin, being about 5’5, 5’6 had shorter pants.”
Being a basic prankster, forward of the workforce follow, Tendulkar instructed Badani to modify Srinath’s trouser along with his personal (Tendulkar’s). Issues escalated to an entire new stage when the quick bowler fell to the prank and turned out for the follow sporting Tendulkar’s trousers.
“To simply attempt to lighten the temper and to guarantee that Srinath obtained again to normalcy, throughout follow earlier than the sport, when the match hadn’t began but, he requested me to modify trousers. He mentioned, ‘Take my trousers, put them in Srinath’s bag, and pull out his trousers and preserve it away wherever you may, be it in your bag, be it in my bag. Simply take it away,’” Badani pointed.
“Srinath being Srinath, doesn’t even care. He finishes his follow, will get again to the dressing room, places his trousers on, will get on the sphere, bowls the primary ball, and there are individuals laughing on the sphere. The Indian facet is laughing on the sphere, and little does he realise what’s occurred.”
Badani revealed how Tendulkar’s plan labored for Srinath, who was into the las leg of his profession. Regardless of bowling magnificently within the match, the India fast returned figures of 1/41.
“Then somebody factors at his trousers and mentioned, ‘Sri, have a look at your trousers, they’re so quick!’ That’s when he realises that one thing is on, and one thing is flawed. Really, what has occurred after that’s, due to this banter and lighter second, he will get again to being regular and bowls a superb spell,” Badani mentioned.
“However he needed to come off the sphere after the primary over, he modified his trousers, he requested me, ‘What the hell is going on, kisne kia [who did it]’ and all that. I mentioned I’ve no clue. I innocently put my palms up and mentioned, ‘I don’t know, Sri, what you’re speaking about. I don’t know what’s occurring!’ And [he] finally modified his trousers, went again in, and he bowled a superb spell.”