Bangalore, Aug 23: Sachin Tendulkar's final One Day International innings was ended by Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal with a 'doosra' during the Asia Cup in Bangladesh in 2012. Now the spinner has joked that he compelled the Master Blaster to quit 50-over cricket.
Tendulkar announced his retirement from ODIs in December 2012. When India and Pakistan played in an Asia Cup match on March 18, 2012, Tendulkar edged an Ajmal 'doosra' to slips where Younis Khan completed the catch. Tendulkar did not play a ODI after that and it turned out to be his final innings in the 50-over format.
In his last ODI knock, Tendulkar scored 52 off 48 balls. India won the match by six wickets chasing 330. The victory was set up by Virat Kohli's superb 183 off 148 balls. The 40-year-old ended with 463 caps and 18,426 runs, the most in the history of ODIs. He scored 49 hundreds and 96 half centuries.
In an interview to "Widen India", Ajmal praised "super superstar" Tendulkar and recalled his wicket in Dhaka and also during the 2011 World Cup semi-final in Mohali.
"I took his wicket in Mohali as well. He is a super superstar, that's what the world calls him. He has nearly 50,000 runs in professional cricket. So obviously it was great moment for me when I took his wicket.
"He was having trouble in picking the doosra in his last ODI in the Asia Cup. Misbah said to me we could get him out caught at slip. Younis Khan moved to slip and it worked out exactly as planned. I got the wicket of the world-class batsman and it came off such a great delivery that he was compelled to quit ODI cricket after it! (Laughs)," Ajmal said in the interview.
On asked who is the toughest batsman to bowl to, he says it is Sri Lankan left-hande Kumar Sangakkara.
"In Test cricket, Kumar Sangakkara has given me the toughest time. He plays on the back foot and plays very late, which create problems for me. He is a wicketkeeper too and judges beforehand which ball is coming in and what sort of delivery is being bowled. Other than him, no batsman has troubled me in any format," he said.