Former England wicketkeeper Michael Vaughan pulled Wasim Jaffer’s leg while sharing his birthday wishes for him. Vaughan reminded Jaffer that the latter is his first Test wicket. The former England skipper took the wicket in the first Test of the four-match Test series against India at home in July 2002 at The Lord’s.
That game is also famous for Ajit Agarkar’s lone Test century. Batting first, England piled up 487 all-out, thanks to the then skipper Nasser Hussain (155) and half-centuries from John Crawley, Andrew Flintoff and Craig White. In reply, India was 221 all-out with only Virender Sehwag (84). Leading by 266 runs, the Three Lions decided to bat again and piled up 301/6 declared, with Vaughan and Crawley scoring hundreds.
Chasing an improbable target of 568, India openers Jaffer and Sehwag provided a wonderful start with a partnership of 61 runs before Sehwag was bowled by Simon Jones. Jaffer went to score a half-century before he was dismissed by Vaughan. That was Vaughan’s first Test wicket.
On February 16, Jaffer’s 44th birthday, the 2005 Ashes winning skipper took the opportunity to remind the Indian domestic legend about the incident happened in 2002. “Happy birthday to my first Test match wicket @WasimJaffer14!!,” Vaughan wrote on Twitter.
Both players have a history pulling each other’s leg on various cricketing matters. During the Legends League Cricket last month, Jaffer was dismissed for duck while playing for Indian Maharajas. Vaughan took the opportunity to troll Jaffer as he uploaded a short video highlighting that particular performance and said “Some things don’t change Wasim”.
Menawhile, Ravichandran Ashwin wished the Odisha head coach and said that he was waiting for Vaughan to wish the former India opener in his own way.
‘Many more happy returns of the day @WasimJaffer14 🎂🎂🎂, waiting to see your counterpart from England wish you in his own style. @MichaelVaughan,” Ashwin tweeted.