Former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq on Friday revealed that he rates Sachin Tendulkar’s second-innings hundred in Chennai Test in 1999 above Virender Sehwag’s triple century at Multan.
Saqlain Mushtaq was part of Pakistan’s squad in both the 1999 Chennai Test and the 2004 Multan Test. Saqlian believes Tendulkar’s 136-run knock in Chennai Test was a better inning because that match went down to the wire and there was an element of battle involved in that match.
Pakistan had eked out a 12-run win despite an “unbelievable” 136 from Sachin Tendulkar in the 1999 Chennai Test where Saqlain got the better of Tendulkar in both the innings.
“I rate the 130 odd runs that Sachin Tendulkar scored in the 2nd innings in the Chennai Test match ahead of the triple century scored by Virender Sehwag. Because we had gone with full preparation at that time. It was a fight, there was a battle,” Saqlain Mushtaq said on the Cricket Baaz talk show on YouTube.
Saqlain Mushtaq said that he doesn’t rate Virender Sehwag’s triple century very highly due to the batsman-friendly conditions in Multan Test.
In the 2004 Multan Test, Virender Sehwag had entered the record books by smashing the first triple hundred by an Indian batsman against Pakistan in their own backyard.
“Here (Multan 2004), there was no fight or battle. And it was the 1st innings of the Test match, not the 2nd innings. It was the 1st innings, first-day pitch, no preparation. Some good deeds of his parents or his own good deeds worked for him.”
“I feel it was a tailor-made situation for him. Nature was kind to him. I am not saying that he is not a good player, he is a great player, he is a very good player. Not because I was injured and Shoaib Akhtar was also injured, the wicket was flat, conditions were tough for the bowlers, the whole bowling unit had collapsed. There were issues in the Board, Inzamam was accidentally made the captain, someone else was the captain,” Saqlain pointed out.
“Lot of things were changing, the mind was not set, the focus was not there, the preparations were not good. When you have the Ashes, they prepare for that for one year. We were having a series against India and we had no planning, no preparation. Sehwag is a very destructive attacking player but I won’t rate that triple hundred. I will say that nature has given that to him on a platter. He has played a lot of good knocks. You enjoy when you have prepared well and the bowling unit is working fine and conditions are tough for the batsmen.”