India and Pakistan will have an undying rivalry on the pitch. Venkatesh Prasad and Aamer Sohail have laughed off the 1996 World Cup incident but that moment still remains afresh in the mind of cricket lovers. Let us recall the moment in words once again.
Aamer Sohail was on song.
The Pakistan batsman was connecting the ball well. He had hit Venkatesh Prasad for a boundary in the fifth delivery of the the 15th over and then stepped up to gesture towards the direction the ball went. There was no words said by Venkatesh Prasad in return.
Prasad remained calm as a cucumber.
He returned in the next delivery to hit the timber as the bails went flying and the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru went berserk.
Venkatesh Prasad: My blood was really boiling and we needed a wicket
Prasad, who has been a bowling coach for India, said there has not been a single day when he has not been asked about that incident. He said, the exchange of words, made the situation more intense and his ‘blood was boiling’ as India seemingly needed a wicket.
“There’s not even a single day that goes by without anybody, whoever sees me, come what may, would definitely ask me, every single day from the last 24 years,” Prasad said on Fancode.
“He should’ve just gone back to his crease probably after getting that, but there was some exchange of words and a gesture that he made which didn’t really go well. Obviously, with the entire nation and spectators who were watching, and of course, with me as well. My blood was really boiling and we needed a wicket.”
Sohail’s heroic knock of 55 runs went in vain as Pakistan failed to chase India’s 288 as they fell short of 39 runs.