The great Indian batsman (Sachin Tendulkar), who is called the ‘Lord of Cricket’, has clashed with the legendary bowlers many times in his cricket career of nearly 24 years. On many occasions, Sachin has dominated the bowlers, while on many occasions the bowlers have also succeeded in keeping Sachin silent. Former Pakistan fast bowler (Shoaib Akhtar) is also one of those bowlers who have restrained Sachin’s runs many times. Akhtar, popularly known as ‘Rawalpindi Express’, has shared an anecdote with the fans about India’s tour of Pakistan in 2006.
In 2006, the third test match was being played between India and Pakistan in Karachi. Akhtar has now admitted in a conversation with Sportskeeda that his intention was not to dismiss Sachin Tendulkar but to injure him by injuring him. Akhtar said, ‘I am disclosing this for the first time. In that Test match, I was deliberately trying to injure Sachin. I was determined that I have to hurt Sachin at any cost.
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He said, ‘Inzamam told me many times to keep the ball stump to stump, but I was intent on hurting Sachin. I hit a ball at his helmet and I thought he had hit his head. But then when I saw the video, I found that Sachin had saved his head.
In the same Test match, Irfan Pathan completed his hat-trick in Tests by dismissing Salman Butt, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yusuf in the very first over. However, despite Irfan’s hat-trick, India had to face defeat at the hands of Pakistan by 341 runs in this match. The former Pakistani fast bowler further said that while on one hand his efforts to injure Sachin were on, on the other hand Mohammad Asif also troubled other Indian batsmen a lot.
Akhtar said, ‘I tried to injure Sachin Tendulkar again. But from the other side, the Indian batsmen became victims of Asif. I hardly remember anyone else bowling better than Asif that day.