Edited By Bharat Malhotra | | Updated: 30 Jun 2020, 11:56:00 AM IST
s. Saharoy, Chennai
Bhuvneshwar Kumar first came into the limelight when he was 19 years old. He dismissed Sachin Tendulkar on zero in the year 2009. This was the first time in domestic cricket that Sachin could not open an account. Playing for Uttar Pradesh, Bhuvneshwar was dismissed on the 14th ball of his spell.
The right-arm pacer cutter hit the pad taking the inner edge of Sachin's bat and leapt into the air. Fielder, standing at deep short leg, ran and caught the catch. 11 years have passed since this thing, but even today, we remember Bhuvaneshwar Kumar's hue and cry.
He said in a webinar, 'I was lucky to be able to get him out. I can not say in words. You can only feel such moments, you cannot tell. '
Bhubaneswar attributes this to Mohammad Kaif, the former Indian batsman and captain of the UP team, who deployed the fielder on that unconventional position.
He said, 'It was the kind of cutter ball that did not change its line at the last moment. There are not many bowlers in the world who have mastered this type of ball. And I always say that the credit for this wicket goes to Mohammad Kaif. That is why that fielder was in a very strange place. Usually there is no fielder. But the ball went to that fielder and he made no mistake in catching the catch. I again say that the credit of the wicket should be given to Kaif.
Bhuvi recalled another incident before the match. He said, 'We were staying in the same hotel. So I came to the bar from my room in the hotel and saw that Sachin Tendulkar's room is with my room. So I went back to my room. When Sachin Paaji came out of his room and walked towards the elevator, then I came out.
Bhuvi said, 'Inside the lift, I was noticing him and he was busy with his phone. I was so impressed with him that he was just watching how he behaved before the match. While I was bowling to them, it was going through my mind that now I am bowling to Sachin. I was not focusing on what bowling I had to do. A 19-year-old boy was bowling to the world's best batsman and did not know what he was going to do. It was a very memorable moment for me. '