When speaking about cricketing rivalries – the on-discipline battle between India legend Sachin Tendulkar and former Pakistan quick bowler Shoaib Akhtar is without doubt one of the memorable ones. Tendulkar, who continues to be thought to be the most effective batsmen of all-time, confronted a number of world-class bowlers throughout his cricketing days – together with Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Waqar Younis, Mutthiah Muralitharan, and so on. But Tendulkar’s battles with Akhtar at all times garnered a lot consideration as followers used to observe with bated breath what is going to occur when the 2 forces will collide on the sector.
In a current interview, the previous Pakistan fast recalled the rivalry and stated that he had lots of respect for the India batsman. Speaking in an ESPNCricinfo videocast with cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, Akhtar stated: “A couple of batsmen would never speak to me. Sachin would never lose his focus by talking to me.”
“People used to say that Sachin and I used to compete against each other, but we never abused each other. I used to respect him as a great batsman and I used to look at him as a great competitor,” he added.
Akhtar additional went on to recall the 2006 Test in Faisalabad in which he troubled the India batsman. The former seamer stated that he used to determine methods in which he can deal with the menace posed by Sachin. In the match which had ended in a draw, Akhtar had dismissed Tendulkar for 14 in the primary innings.
“But I used to work him out. I used to know where Sachin was injured. In Faisalabad (2006) Test, I knew he had an elbow injury and I knew he couldn’t hook or pull or hook the ball, so I kept bowling bouncers to him,” the previous Pakistan pacer stated.
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Akhtar additional stated that individuals bear in mind Test spells between Sachin and Akhtar, and youthful cricketers must also give attention to enjoying the longest format. “Nowadays, gamers are discovering causes to decelerate to play longer, I don’t know why. People solely bear in mind Test matches spells. Now matter how many wickets you may have taken in T20Is and I might need completed wonders in ODIs, folks will solely bear in mind the spells from the Test matches.
“There is a battle between me and Sachin in a Test match. Here you go, he’s gonna hit me for a six or I’m going to get him clear-bowled. Whatever it’s, I’m going to come back again with lots of character… these are spells that individuals wish to see,” he stated.