We had planned Yuvraj`s first ball dismissal: Wahab
Karachi: Young Pakistan left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz has revealed that he and the coaching staff had planned well in advance the first ball dismissal of India`s man-of-the-tournament Yuvraj Singh in the high-profile World Cup semi-final clash in Mohali.
Wahab was the wrecker in chief during India`s innings in the semi-final with a five-wicket haul and also cleaned up in-form Yuvraj for a duck with a swinging yorker.
"It was a dismissal that I had played out in my mind several times after it was confirmed that we would play India in the semi-final," Wahab said.
"I worked hard on that particular delivery in the nets with the coaches, Waqar Younis and Aaqib Javed. We all felt that the only way to stop Yuvraj`s golden form was to get him in the first few balls," he added.
Wahab said not only Yuvraj, he had plans in place for all the Indian batsmen.
"Their batsmen are top class and I knew that their wickets wouldn`t come so easy. It would have to be a big effort on my part to get their wickets," he said.
"The wicket of Virender Sehwag set my adrenalin flowing because he is such a dangerous player. But Yuvraj`s wicket was special as he was out first ball and his dismissal really shocked and stunned the spectators," Wahab recalled.
The Lahore-born pacer, who has made a big impact in the Pakistan team since last year, admitted that he had a sleepless night on the eve of the India match after learning that he would be playing the high-voltage encounter.
Wahab made his ODI debut against Zimbabwe in 2008 but shot into limelight only last year during the Oval Test against England, where he took five wickets on debut.
Wahab, however, was disappointed that his five-wicket haul went in vain.
"The defeat was very disappointing and frustrating and it overshadowed my five wicket performance.”
"It hurt us badly since we had restricted the strong Indian batting line up to one of their lowest scores in the World Cup. We should have won the match with our batting depth," he said.
Wahab said that a couple of partnerships could have seen Pakistan home in the last four match.
"Whatever the result, the welcome we got back was tremendous. I know playing India is always going to be special for me," he said.