There have been many rivalries in cricket that are remembered for generations. One such rivalry was between Pakistan spearhead Shoaib Akhtar and India’s batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar. While Akhtar was famous for his raw pace, Sachin used to ace any bowler he wanted. Tendulkar was a such batting force in himself that the opposition used to feel the pressure till he was there.
Bowlers also used different tactics to get the best batter of the Indian team out. Shoaib Akhtar also adopted a strange tactic to get rid of Tendulkar when India were touring Pakistan way back in 2006. The former Pakistan pacer has revealed that he intentionally wanted to hit Sachin during a match but failed.
Talking to Sportskeeda, Akhtar revealed that in the third Test between the two countries in Karachi, he tried hitting Sachin on his head multiple times but the batter somehow survived on all occasions. On the one occasion the ball hit Sachin’s helmet, he was lucky that it did not hit his head. “I’m revealing this for the first time. I intentionally wanted to hit Sachin in that Test match. I was determined that I had to wound Sachin in that Test at any cost.”
“Inzamam kept telling that bowl in front of the wickets, but I wanted to hit Sachin. So I hit him on his helmet and I felt he was done. But when I watched the video, I saw Sachin had managed to save his head,” said Akhtar.
Akhtar further revealed that even after that failed attempt, he continued trying to injure Sachin. The former Pakistan pacer then said that while he was trying to injure Sachin, his mate Asif was keeping the Indian batters on their toes. “I again tried to injure him. But on other side, Indian batting was facing music in the shape of Asif. I had rarely seen anyone bowl as good as the way Asif bowled on that particular day,” he added.
Notably, it was the same Test when Irfan Pathan took the famous hat-trick by dismissing Salman Butt, Younis Khan, and Mohammad Yousuf on the first three balls of the Pakistan first innings. However, India had lost the contest by 341 runs and also the three-match series 1-0. Asif had bowled brilliantly in the match picking four wickets in the first inning, and three in the second.