New Delhi: Former Indian pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji brought end to his 16-year-long first class cricket career on Thursday. Though he did not have a long stint in the Indian jersey, the speedster did manage to bag 8 Tests, 30 ODIs and 4 T20Is to his name.
As Balaji revealed plan to stick to only franchise cricket – Indian Premier League and Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) – former teammate Irfan Pathan revealed an incident during the 2004 India-Pakistan series where the home crowd tweaked the lyrics of famous song "Babuji Zara Dheere Chalo" to "Balaji Zara Dheere Chalo" targeting the in-form Lakshmipathy Balaji.
I shared many beautiful memories with him one of them was in Pakistan 2004 series where crowd in Lahore chanting "Balaji Zara dheere chalo"
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 15, 2016
In the same series, Balaji made his name known with unarguably his best perfromance for the Men in Blue.The tour included 3 tests and 5 ODIs with India winning both formats 2-1 and 3-2 respectively.