Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday paid tribute to Pakistan spin legend Abdul Qadir, who died on Friday after suffering a cardiac arrest. Tendulkar, who famously hit Qadir for one four and four sixes in an over, three of which were on the trot, in a 20-over exhibition match in Peshawar in 1989, said that Qadir was “one of the best spinners” of his time.
Qadir was part of the fearsome Pakistan bowling attack, which also included Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, when India toured the country in 1989. It was the tour in which Tendulkar started his illustrious international career.
“Remember playing against Abdul Qadir, one of the best spinners of his times. My heartfelt condolences to his family. RIP.” said Tendulkar in his tweet with an image of Qadir plying his trade.
Although the match in which Tendulkar went after Qadir was only an exhibition game, it was expected to be his debut game before being called off. The official match, which was the first ODI of the series, was abandoned and the 20-over exhibition was played in its place.
Qadir had told a 16-year-old Tendulkar after bowling a maiden to Indian captain Krishnamachari Srikanth that he should try and play shots instead of treating him with respect as that would be beneficial to his career. Qadir’s next over to Tendulkar read 6, 0, 4, 6, 6, 6.