Wasim Akram-Waqar Younis Twitter spat on Anil Kumble 10/74 feat gets ugly
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Wasim Akram-Waqar Younis Twitter spat on Anil Kumble 10/74 feat gets ugly

Wasim Akram taunts Waqar Younis after the latter said he was not telling the truth in saying that Younis had tried to deny Anil Kumble a chance to grab 10 wickets in a series

cricket Updated: Feb 11, 2017 01:55 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Wasim Akram,Waqar Younis,Anil Kumble
Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis are involved in a bitter battle over Anil Kumble’s 10/74 feat.(Popperfoto/Getty Images)

The Twitter spat between legendary Pakistan pacers Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis took an ugly turn on Friday.

Waqar on Thursday not just denied Akram’s claim that he tried to foil Anil Kumble’s 10-wicket feat at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi in 1999. He also went a step further that “age is catching up” with Akram.

A furious Akram on Friday slammed his former teammate to get his facts corrected. “Get your facts right mate. And if we are going to go down the “age” road you know I’ll Beat you in that game every time,” Akram tweeted.

He later deleted the tweet but it was too late as the screenshot went viral.

A screenshot of the tweet that Wasim Akram deleted. (Twitter)

It all started after Virender Sehwag posted a snapshot of a story to celebrate the 18th anniversary of Kumble’s feat where Akram revealed that Waqar tried to deny the Indian leg-spinner his 10th wicket.

The story quoted Akram as saying: “Kumble had got nine wickets and me and Waqar (Younis) were batting in the crease. Waqar came to me and said, ‘How about getting run out?’ so that Kumble does not get his 10th wicket.

“I said ‘You can’t deny him the feat if he is destined for it. But I can assure you that I’m not going to give my wicket to Kumble’,” Akram said. “But subsequently it was me who gifted my wicket to Kumble,’’ he added.

Waqar then took to Twitter to deny the incident. “This never happened!! I think age is catching up with Wasim Bhai #NotTrue,” Waqar, the former Pakistan coach, tweeted.

First Published: Feb 10, 2017 15:52 IST