I Wanted To ‘Injure’ Sachin Tendulkar, So I Hit Him On Helmet – Shoaib Akhtar

I Wanted To 'Injure' Sachin Tendulkar, So I Hit Him On Helmet – Shoaib Akhtar

Former Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar revealed about his plans to injure Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar during the 2006 Karachi Test.

Tendulkar, who allured the cricket fans with his captivating shots, is the highest run-scorer in Tests and ODIs. The former Indian player has scored 3,4357 runs from 664 games across all formats.

Sachin Tendulkar in the 2006 Karachi Test

Tendulkar scored 23 and 26 in the final game of the three-match Test series as India lost the Test against Pakistan by 341 runs and the series by 0-1.

Sachin Tendulkar, First Class cricket
Sachin Tendulkar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Was determined that I had to wound Sachin Tendulkar in that Test: Shoaib Akhtar

Akhtar, who claimed three wickets in that game against India, said he wanted to deliberately injure Tendulkar and pestered him with bouncers.

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,” Akhtar told Sportskeeda.

“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.

Sachin Tendulkar and Shoaib Akhtar
Sachin Tendulkar and Shoaib Akhtar (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I tried to injure him again. But on the 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.

Mohammad Asif accounted for seven wickets in both the innings in the Karachi Test. Former Indian pacer Irfan Pathan picked a hat-trick in the very first over of the game. Pathan dismissed Salman Butt, Younis Khan, and Mohammad Yousuf in his maiden Test hat-trick.

Akhtar picked 444 international wickets from 224 matches across all formats and head his own shares of battles with Tendulkar on the pitch.

Akhtar holds mutual respect with the Indian legendary player for his achievements.

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Why Should We Run Behind India? – Ehsan Mani On PCB’s Efforts To Resume India-Pakistan Bilateral Series

Ehsan Mani

Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani said they shouldn’t be going after India to resume bilateral series between the two countries.

Owing to the political tensions between the two neighbouring countries, their meeting has been limited to just ICC events or Asia Cup matches.

The last bilateral series between India and Pakistan took place in 2012-13 in India. Pakistan won the three-match ODI series 2-1 while both teams shared the T20I series with 1-1 margin.

India vs Pakistan 2018 Asia Cup
India vs Pakistan during Asia Cup 2018. (Photo: Twitter)

ICC rejected Ramiz Raja’s four-nation tournament proposal

The Pakistan Cricket Board has shown interest in extending to play India-Pakistan matches out of multi-nation tournaments like ICC World Cup or Asia Cup.

However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has always stressed on Indian government’s approval as the root cause of the obstruction.

Last month, current PCB chairman Ramiz Raja proposed a four-nation T20I tournament comprising India, Pakistan, Australia and England before the International Cricket Council.

In ICC’s annual general meeting held on April 10 in Dubai, Raja’s proposal for the four-nation tournament was unanimously rejected.

Why should we run behind India?: Ehsan Mani

Mani, who held the post of PCB chair for three years until August 2021, said India will come on its own if they wish to play against them. Mani asked PCB officials to maintain its integrity and honour.

Ehsan Mani
Ehsan Mani. (Photo: Twitter)

I always made it clear that if they want to play, they will come and play Pakistan. I never said no but I’ve always maintained that we have our own integrity, our honour. Why should we run behind India? We should not. When they will be ready, only then we will be ready too,” Mani told Cricket Pakistan.

India and Pakistan will lock horns on October 23 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. The tickets for the high-octane clash were sold out within minutes of going into the sale.

Pakistan won by 10 wickets in their last meeting in the previous edition of the T20 WC in Dubai.

Also Read: Ehsan Mani Explains Why Sarfaraz Ahmed Was Sacked As A Captain

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If I Would Have Played Against Virat Kohli Then He Would Not Have Scored These Many Runs – Shoaib Akhtar

Shoaib Akhtar wants Kohli to be dropped if poor run of form continues

Senior Indian batter Virat Kohli has captured the eyes of his fans and critics on and off the pitch for almost a decade and a half. Kohli has shattered many Indian great players’ records in his illustrious international career.

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At the age of 33, Kohli has accumulated 23650 runs across all formats in 511 innings at an average of 54.11 with 122 half-centuries and 70 centuries to his name. He is the fastest player to accomplish 10,000 ODI runs in 205 innings breaking the long-standing record of Sachin Tendulkar (259 innings).

If I Would Have Played Against Virat Kohli Then He Would Not Have Scored These Many Runs - Shoaib Akhtar
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Batsmen would not have wanted to face Shoaib Akhtar when he was at his peak: Virat Kohli

Kohli has faced some of the greatest bowlers in his path to success, he got the better of the likes of Mithcell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Trent Boult, Lasith Malinga, Pat Cummins and Tim Southee.

In one of his exclusive interviews, Kohli was thankful for not playing against former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar.

“I’ve never faced Shoaib Akhtar but I’ve seen him in a game in Dambulla against Pakistan. I got out, (so) I couldn’t face him. But I saw him bowl and he looked very lethal even at the later stages of his career. At that time, I felt (that) batsmen would not have wanted to face him when he was at his peak,” Kohli told Gaurav Kapur on his show Breakfast with Champions in 2017.

If I would have played against Virat Kohli then he would not have scored these many runs: Shoaib Akhtar

Five years after Kohli’s assertion, Akhtar mentioned that had Kohli faced his bowling then the former Indian skipper wouldn’t have piled up too many runs in his career.

“Virat Kohli is a good person and a big cricketer and you only expect big words from big players. And I thank him a lot for that. But, if I would have played against Virat Kohli then he would not have scored these many runs but whatever he would have scored those would have been fabulous and it would look like he really fought hard for those runs,” Akhtar told Sportskeeda.

Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar (Image Credit: Twitter)

“He may not have had 50 centuries. 20 or 25 may at the most but those would have been valiant hundreds. I would have gotten the best out of Virat Kohli,” he added.

Kohli is currently going through a lean patch as the fans are anticipating his 71st international hundred. The last time the Indian batter reached the three-figure mark was against Bangladesh in a Day-Night Test affair in November 2019.

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