Lakshmipathy Balaji was the most popular player on India’s tour of Pakistan in 2003/04, Ashish Nehra said. The historic bilateral series might have seen a hat-trick from Irfan Pathan and a triple century from Virender Sehwag, but Nehra said Balaji’s popularity had reached such heights during that tour that he would probably be more popular than Imran Khan.
“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 Laxmipathy Balaji in the dressing room,” Nehra said on a Star Sports cricket show.
“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,” he added.