Team India will tackle arch-rivals Pakistan in a high-voltage conflict in T20 World Cup 2021 in Dubai on Sunday (October 24). The fever is already excessive with cricketers – each current and former – pumped up forward of the much-awaited conflict.
Former Pakistan quick bowler Shoaib Akhtar has made a giant assertion about Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. According to the speedster, his assertion a few years in the past relating to the previous India captain was taken out of context.
He added that his intention was by no means to inform anybody that Tendulkar was scared to face him when he got here to bowl. Talking completely with Zee News Editor-in-chief Sudhir Chaudhary, Akhtar opened up in regards to the incident and stated that it was a hype created by the media.
“Once and for all I want to clear this thing, this was all media hype. The thing is that when you write a book, you will then have to explain everything because things are taken out of context. I had said in Faisalabad, he then had that tennis elbow injury because of which he could not hook and pull. So my idea was to bowl short to him and maybe scare him a bit to use that weakness that he had because of tennis elbow. Maine Sachin ki pasli tod di thi. I never wrote Sachin is scared of me, never said he is not a great player,” Akhtar stated.
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“I have a lot of respect for him and I have even gone to his place in 2016 and told him that. He cooked for me and for the record he is also a great cook and an even better human being. I told him what I had written about him and Sachin said, ‘Leave all that whatever it is. You had hit me during a match in Guwahati. Do you know where you had hit me?’ he asked and I said I think it was in your rib cage,” Akhtar added.
“Sachin said that night he went to the hospital and found out that he has a fracture in his rib cage and still went on to play against him. He couldn’t breathe and Sourav Ganguly was saying something but he couldn’t breathe. I asked him why didn’t you tell me? and Sachin said, ‘You were on top of me and India were in a spot of bother then. I went to the hospital and found out that I have a fracture on my 12th or 13th rib but I continued playing’,” former Pakistan paceman continued.
The 46-year-old former quick bowler went on to elucidate and stated, “So I never said Sachin or Ganguly used to be scared of me. It was just media hype… I accept that he is the greatest ever.”