Shoaib Akhtar, a former Pakistan pace bowler, detailed his ambitions to harm Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar during the 2006 Karachi Test.
Tendulkar, who captivated cricket fans with his enthralling strokes, is the all-time leading run-scorer in Tests and ODIs. In 664 games across all formats, the former Indian player scored 3,4357 runs.
In the 2006 Karachi Test, Sachin Tendulkar
Tendulkar scored 23 and 26 in the final game of the three-match Test series against Pakistan, which India lost by 341 runs and the series 0-1.
“I attempted to hurt him once again.” On the other hand, Indian batting was up against music in the form of Asif. “I’d rarely seen somebody bowl, as well as Asif, did on that particular day,” he added.
Mohammad Asif took seven wickets in each innings of the Karachi Test. Former Indian pacer Irfan Pathan hit a hat-trick in the game’s first over. Pathan’s debut Test hat-trick included dismissals of Salman Butt, Younis Khan, and Mohammad Yousuf.
Akhtar took 444 international wickets in 224 appearances across all forms, and he had his fair share of on-field fights with Tendulkar.
Akhtar and the Indian icon have mutual admiration for each other’s accomplishments.