2. Venkatesh Prasad gives Aamir Sohail a send off
India and Pakistan met again at 1996 World Cup, but this time in a knock-out match, the 2nd quarter final at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. India batted first and on the back of Navjot Singh Sidhu’s 93 and Ajay Jadeja’s assault on Waqar Younis in the death overs, posted a very good score of 287/8.
Pakistan openers Saaed Anwar and Aamir Sohail came out and made Indians chase leather from the word ‘GO’. Pakistan had crossed the 100-run mark in under 14 overs and Pakistani Captain Aamir Sohail had reached his fifty. In the 15th over, Aamir Sohail charged down to Prasad and hit him for a boundary over point. All this was fine, but what he did afterwards was completely uncalled for. He gestured Prasad that he should go and fetch the ball from the boundary so that he could again hit the next ball for four.
The reply from Venkatesh Prasad one was a classical one, in the typical ‘you miss and I hit’ way, Prasad knocked Aamir Sohail’s off stump out of the ground and showed him the way to the dressing. In hindsight, Aamir Sohail came off looking as very stupid as his dismissal was to be the turning point of that match.