Former Pakistan pacer has revealed that he was very sad after getting rid of Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar while the Little Master was on 98, during a 2003 World Cup clash.
Tendulkar’s innings is still regarded as one of the finest of his career, moreso because it came against a star-studded fast-bowling trio of Shoaib Akhtar, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.
Shoaib Akhtar, as per News18, said that he would have loved for the ball to have gone for a six instead of ending in Tendulkar’s wicket so that the legendary batsman could have made his deserved century.
“I was very sad because Sachin got out for 98. It was special innings, he should have touched the century mark. I wanted him to hit the century. For that bouncer, I would have loved to see a sixer, as earlier he hit,” said Akhtar.
The 44-year-old also added that Tendulkar could have made more runs if he had faced the bowlers of today instead of the legends of the past.
“Tendulkar batted in the toughest era of cricket. If he had to get the chance now, he may hit more than 1.30 lakh runs. So it’s not good to make a comparison between Sachin and Kohli,” he said.
Rawalpindi Express went on to say that the crowds will always remain vital part of the sport and hopes that the situation around the globe comes back to normal within a year or so.
“Playing cricket in the empty stadium may be viable and durable for Cricket boards. But I do not think we can market this. Playing cricket in an empty stadium is like marriage without a bride. We need crowds to play games. I hope the corona situation will be normalized within a year,” he concluded.