The Chennai Test of 1999 against Pakistan is still remembered as one of the heart breaks for an Indian cricket fan who had followed/watched the game. It was a heartbreak after Sachin Tendulkar scored a ton but still India went onto lose the Test by a margin of just 12 runs. Sachin had done all the hard work before coming in when India were struggling at 6 for 2. By stumps on the third day. India were chasing 271 but were reduced to 86 for five at lunch with Sachin batting on 44. He was the lone fighter but the game looked lost then. Read: Sachin Tendulkar’s epic 136 that carried India to the doorstep of an incredible win against Pakistan

Tendulkar though carried on to fight the odds and superb spells from Wasim Akram, Saqlain Mushtaq. It was the stand between Nayan Mongia and Tendulkar that brought India closer to the target. Tendulkar though was starting to struggle in the heat of Chennai and was starting to feel his back. Mongia got out for 52 and India were then 213 for 6 and India needed 53 more runs to win the game.

It was when India needed just 17 more runs with four wickets in hand that the heartbreak happened. Tendulkar was caught trying to go over the top at covers by Akram of the bowling of Mushtaq. Tendulkar was crestfallen as he walked back to the pavilion. The remaining batsmen could also muster four more runs as Pakistan ran through the tail in the jiffy and won the game by 12 runs. Such was the impact of the loss that Tendulkar was distraught and disheartened by the loss. Saqlain summed up how important the wicket was when he said,  “There is only one Tendulkar, I don’t see anyone surpassing his feats. I can say for me taking his wicket in the Chennai Test in 1999 remains my most prized wicket even today,” 36-year-old Saqlain, who took 208 wickets from 49 Tests and another 288 in 169 ODIs, told ‘Geo Super’ channel. He said this when Tendulkar had announced his retirement from the game.Read:  Sachin Tendullkar my most prized wicket: Saqlain Mushtaq