Karachi: More than six years may have passed, but Pakistan off-spinner Sajeed Ajmal still can't "understand" how Sachin Tendulkar was adjudged not out when he was rapped on the pad by him during the 2011 World Cup semifinal at Mohali.
The 40-year-old Ajmal retired from all cricket after Faisalabad lost to Lahore in the National T20 Championship on Wednesday.
Tendulkar, who top-scored with 85 against the arch-rivals in the high-pressure semifinal, struggled to pick Ajmal's variations at times.
Tendulkar was on 23 when he was trapped in front of the wicket by Ajmal and umpire Ian Gould raised the finger. Tendulkar checked with non-striker Gautam Gambhir and took the review. The TV replays showed that though the ball pitched in line and hit him in line, it was missing the stumps.
Tendulkar, who lived a charmed life, was finally dismissed by Ajmal. But his 85 took India to a total of 260/9. India won the match by 29 runs and Tendulkar was declared man of the match.
"I was totally convinced I had him in front of the stumps, but how the umpires didn't give him out I still can't understand," Ajmal said.
He admitted that bowling to the Indian batsmen spurred him on.
"It was always a test of skills and nerves when bowling to Tendulkar and company."
After a successful but controversial career, Ajmal finished with 178 wickets in 35 Tests, the last of which was at Galle in Sri Lanka in 2014, where his bowling action was reported for a second time.