Off The Field

Inzamam stood up when a fan abused Azharruddin’s wife in 1997: Waqar Younis

Written by Rohit Pawar

Former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis revealed that Inzamam-ul-Haq was infuriated more by the inappropriate comments directed towards Mohammad Azharuddin’s wife than the “aaloo” chants in 1997 Sahara Cup clash between India and Pakistan.

Inzamam had lost his cool during a match between India and Pakistan in Sahara Cup when he nearly ended up beating a fan with a bat.

“O mote, sidha khara ho [O fatty, stand straight], mota aaloo, sara alloo [fat potato, rotten potato],” an India fan repeatedly sledged the Pakistani.

However, Inzamam ignored the chants initially but lost his cool as he jumped the fence with a bat in an attempt to attack the Indian fan.

“Yes, there was someone calling him ‘aaloo’. But also, what exactly happened [was that] there was someone in the crowd who was not very good to Azharuddin’s wife I think they were just talking some rubbish and Inzi being Inzi, he didn’t really like it. And as I was mentioning, the friendship off the field between these two teams’ players was outstanding, it was amazing, they had a lot of respect for each other,” Waqar Younis said on ‘The Greatest Rivalry’ podcast.

“You know we used to play hard on the field, but when it comes to the friendship, we used to really look out for each-others’ back,” Waqar said.

“And what happened [was] because someone was really being rude to Azza’s wife and Inzi just, I don’t know what happened to be very honest, he just decided, he asked, I think Saleem Malik was captain [Ramiz Raja was the Pakistan skipper]. He asked Saleem to move him to that fine-leg third-man region, and that’s where he went. And he just asked for the 12th man to bring the bat, and he just gave it to him, and he just ran up the stairs in the scaffolding and brought it down.”

Inzamam suffered a two match ban and was presented to the court later for his actions.

“Inzi had to suffer, Inzi had to apologise and they went to court for that particular incident and Azhar had to come out, which was very nice of Azharuddin, who had to come out and talk to that Indian guy. The guy was Indian I think, and talk to him and sort out that issue out of the court,” the former Pakistan quick said.

“It was sad and it was ugly what happened, but what I’m trying to say here, is you know when it comes to watching each other’s back, both teams have people or players who really love each other’s company.”

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