In an interview with Wisden India, Pakistani spinner Saeed Ajmal claimed he forced Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar to retire from ODI cricket.
The 35-year-old spinner claimed that he was joking but said, "I took his wicket in Mohali at the 2011 World Cup semifinal after Tendulkar scored 85 as an opener with Virender Sehwag as well. He is a super superstar, that's what the world calls him. He has nearly 50,000 runs in professional cricket. So obviously it was great moment for me when I took his wicket. He was having trouble in picking the 'doosra' in his last ODI in the Asia Cup. Misbah said to me we could get him out caught at slips. Younis Khan moved to slips and it worked out exactly as planned. I got the wicket of the world-class batsman and it came off such a great delivery that he was compelled to quit ODI cricket after it."
The Asia Cup 2012 in Dhaka where India and Pakistan played against each other was Sachin Tendulkar's last ODI match. The master blaster was out to Ajmal after scoring 52. India went on to win the match by six wickets.
Ajmal after that match had questioned Tendulkar's ability to play doosra and said, "If Sachin can't read doosra, then he is nearing his end."