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Old January 9th, 2018, 03:41 PM
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An excerpt from Sanjay Manjrekar's "Imperfect"

I have read excerpts from this book and they are all very interesting.
This is mainly because he has mentioned interesting events from his career - mostly background happenings.

here is an amusing event from when India toured Pakistan in 1989.


Both the teams were practising in the evening session when we suddenly saw the legendary leg-spinner Abdul Qadir sprinting after a man. At first we wondered if that man was with the team, but he was a random spectator, one of the hundreds who had assembled at the National Stadium to watch us train. They had wandered onto the field as our practice went on. And there was Qadir, running after him as if his life depended on it. The rest of the crowd started to watch it and enjoy it. This man was younger and fitter than Qadir, and just as Qadir would get close to him, he would suddenly change direction. The chase went on for about five minutes. Both the teams stopped doing whatever they were doing, and began to watch this spectacle: a great leg-spinner running after a fan during a practice session before a Test match.

Eventually the chase came to an end when the security joined in. Maybe Qadir was allowed to have a couple of swipes at the man before they let him go. The show was over, and we went back to our practice sessions. There was nothing in the papers the next morning either. We were later told by a Pakistan player - in a hush-hush manner - that the man had pinched Qadir's bottom during the practice session.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/21998054
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