Srinagar, April 22: Former Indian fast-bowler Asish Nehra recently claimed that Lakshmipthy Balaji was more popular than Imran Khan during India’s tour to Pakistan in 2003-2004.
It was the first tour to Pakistan for India post Kargil War and apart from starlet trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid, pacer Balaji pulled off some tremendous performances.
Complimenting the former cricketer, Nehra said he was more famous than ex captain and current Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan at that time.
“In the dressing room, Irfan can give you more stories, the only thing I remember is Laxmipathy Balaji on that particular tour. Maybe that time he was more popular than Imran Khan,” said Nehra in Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected.
Balaji had also hit Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Sami for sixes during the ODI series of the series.
“Those six weeks he was hitting sixes left right and centre there was no doubt about it. Virender Sehwag triple hundred, Rahul Dravid double hundred, Irfan Pathan performance, all that is there but to me off the field, Pakistan, the nation as a whole and Laximathy Balaji in the dressing room,” said Nehra.