Chawla mentioned a relaxed mindset was his greatest alley on that massive day when he bowled towards legendary Tendulkar.
“Lots of people have requested me that query. Parthiv Patel was behind the stumps. Dinesh (Mongia) bhai was the captain. As a 15-16 yr outdated, when you’re going to bowl at Sachin paaji, solely two issues are potential: you’re both very nervous or very relaxed. Luckily, I used to be very relaxed. The cause behind that was my pondering that even when Sachin paaji hits me, how does that matter?
“If a person, who has taken the likes of Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, and Glenn McGrath to the cleaners, hits me as properly, that is not an enormous factor. So at the moment I had nothing to lose. I used to be simply having fun with the ‘Oh I’m bowling to Sachin paaji’ feeling,” mentioned Chawla throughout ‘Homerun with AV’ – a chat present hosted by sports activities commentator Arun Venugopal on his YouTube channel Gethist Creative.
Little surprise then that Chawla nonetheless remembers each tiny little bit of particulars concerning the dismissal.
“So, as a bowler if you begin out of your run-up, you suppose what you precisely need to bowl. On that exact one, I do not know what precisely occurred. When I began off from my run-up, that too bowling inside the sphere restrictions, I assumed I’ll bowl a standard leg spin from the leg stump going away from him. To be very sincere, I nonetheless do not know – it is nearly 16 years now. I do not know what got here to my thoughts and I simply bowled a unsuitable ‘un,” he mentioned.
However, Chawla mentioned Tendulkar had not forgotten that dismissal and exacted his revenge a yr later in one other Challenger Trophy.
“People keep in mind that I had acquired Paaji out in that trend. Paaji, too, is not a person who forgets issues rapidly. The very subsequent yr, once more in a Challenger Trophy recreation in Chennai, Paaji smashed me round for 20 runs in my first over! That’s what I used to be saying: if Paaji hits me round, it isn’t an enormous deal. Paaji has smashed so many bowlers, which is why folks do not keep in mind this specific caning,” Chawla mentioned.
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