‘It was blown out of proportion’ – Aamer Sohail on his scuffle with Venkatesh Prasad
Former Pakistan batter Aamer Sohail has opened up about an old incident involving him and Venkatesh Prasad during the 1996 World Cup match.
Updated - May 26, 2021 11:39 am
Former Pakistan batter Aamer Sohail is best remembered for his aggressive style of play and taking on the opposition team head-on. The former left-hand batter was also known to take digs on players during his prime. He was controversially involved in one such incident involving Ian Botham during the 1992 World Cup final where he was seen sledging the former England all-rounder after he got out.
Four years later, he was again at it during a high-profile World Cup encounter against India in a quarter-final match in Bangalore. Chasing a steep target of 288 runs, the then skipper Sohail got Pakistan off to a flier by scoring 55 runs. During the knock, he had a go at former India pacer Venkatesh Prasad and smacked him for a boundary in the 15th over, and aggressively pointed his bat to the bowler gesturing he will again hit a four next ball.
Charging in with his tail up Prasad took revenge on the very next ball as he castled Sohail with a peach of a delivery. Recently the former opening batter opened up about his on-field tussle with Prasad.
Aamer Sohail opens up about his infamous on-field tussle with Prasad
“There was no argument. There was nothing said. It was interpreted differently. They have to say something. There was no verbal exchange. The situation was such that Javed Miandad, being an extremely smart cricketer, he told us how to rile up the bowler when you think he is going to take charge. How to move him away from his focus, or his aims, or whatever he is thinking,” Sohail said in a video uploaded on Cricket Life Stories on Youtube.
Sohail applauded pacer Prasad for getting him out when he was well set on 55 and looking good to add more and added that the incident was blown out of proportion.
“It was a good delivery he bowled, I was hoping it would be a short-pitched delivery that I would be able to hit it down the ground, it was not the case.
“But it was blown out of proportion. I was trying to unsettle the bowler because the situation was such. There was no word exchange, just a simple gesture, and people misconstrued in so many ways,” added Sohail.