“Sachin Tendulkar feared Akhtar bouncers,” remembering the famous Karachi Test between arch-rivals
Shoaib Akhtar with his pace was an absolute gunner, shattered the bravery of Sachin Tendulkar, Little Master of India, says Asif.
Former Pakistani pacer reiterated the memories of famous Karachi Test 2006 between arch-rivals Pakistan and India played in Karachi, the year 2006.
Two tests played in Faisalabad and in Multan resulted into high-scoring draws of the series, the decider of the series was played at the National Stadium in Karachi from January 29 to February 1.
Muhammad Asif said in a show ‘The Burgerz’:
“If you remember the Indian team that came to Pakistan in 2006, they had a solid batting line-up. (Rahul) Dravid was scoring plenty of runs, (Virender) Sehwag smashed us in Multan. During the Faisalabad Test, both teams scored 600 runs each. We were a bit worried as their batting line-up was deep, MS Dhoni was batting at number seven or eight.”
Pakistan with batting first managed 245 on the scoreboard adding the help of a century of Kamran Akmal in first innings, However, they came out with a brilliant bowling performance getting India out for 238.
“When the match started, Irfan Pathan claimed a hat-trick in the first over itself. Our morale was down. Kamran Akmal scored a century lower down the order. We scored around 240 runs,” said Asif.
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In the second innings of the third test, Pakistan posted a ‘mountain-to-climb’ 599 on board, and bundled Indian strong batting line for 265, and that saw Pakistan winning the match by 345 runs.
Claimed ‘Sachin Tendulkar feared Akhtar bouncers’
In a talk, ahead, Asif revealed that during the course of the test that Sachin Tendulkar feared Akhtar bouncers.
“When we started bowling, Shoaib Akhtar bowled at express pace in that match. I was standing at square leg near the umpire and I myself saw that Tendulkar closed his eyes while facing one or two bouncers bowled by Shoaib.”
“The Indians were playing on the back foot and we didn’t allow them to score even 240 in the first innings. We snatched victory from the jaws of defeat,” the right-arm pacer, best known for his reverse swing, said in a Pakistani show.”