“I was flying to Singapore with my late wife and stopped at Chennai to refuel,” Wasim Akram told Sportstar magazine during a discussion on his autobiography Sultan: A Memoir.
Legendary Pakistani fast bowler Wasim Akram recalled an emotional story from 2009 involving his wife Huma Akram, who died in a Chennai hospital in October. Sharing an anecdote, Akram said he was on a flight to Singapore and his wife was unconscious when the flight made a scheduled refueling stop at the Chennai airport, revealing how he landed in Chennai despite not having an Indian visa. The officers helped him take his wife to the hospital.
Akram told Sportstar magazine during a discussion about his autobiography Sultan: A Memoir: “I was flying to Singapore with my late wife and stopped at Chennai to refuel. When I landed, she was unconscious, I was crying and people recognized me at the airport. We did not have Indian visas. “We both had Pakistani passports.”
He revealed, “The people at the Chennai airport, the security forces and the customs and immigration officials told me not to worry about the visa and to take my wife to the hospital. As a cricketer and as a human being, it’s that kind of thing. is one I will never forget.
It brought back memories of the 1999 Chennai Test. “The Test in Chennai is very special for me. The terrain was good, which suited us as we relied on reverse. We had one of the best spinners at that time in Saqlain Mushtaq. choose that.’
Sachin Tendulkar supported him well after the first innings. When he bowled the second ball, Sachin went for a round shot just behind the keeper. He played a very strange shot to play off-spin but he mastered it and that’s why Sachin was one of the best players of all time.
Popularly known as the Sultan of Swing, Akram began his career in 1984, taking 926 wickets in 104 Tests and 356 ODIs. The 1992 World Cup winner announced his retirement from ODIs after the 2003 World Cup. He ended his Test cricket career in 2002.
With inputs from IANS