Updated: April 17, 2020 5:28:21 pm
Sachin Tendulkar’s masterclass has won India several matches and out of the many knocks, his match winning show against Pakistan in the 2003 World Cup is fondly remembered by the fans. Chasing a stiff 274 with Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar in the opposite ranks, the right-hand batsman scored a blistering 98 from 75 deliveries, helping India win a thrilling contest at the Centurion. His innings comprised of seven boundaries and one maximum, but that one hit to Akhtar over the third-man region is still hailed as one of the iconic shots in cricket’s glorious history.
Expressing his thoughts on the contest, Akhtar said that Indians still relish the famous six struck by Tendulkar, adding if he would have been aware of this fact then he would have conceded a six every day.
“Sachin has been a very, very close friend of mine, he’s a tremendous guy, very humble. He’s been the greatest batsman, but I might have dismissed him 12-13 times in matches,” Akhtar said in an interaction with Zainab Abbas on an Instagram live.
“He hit me for a six in Centurion, which makes India very happy. They keep showing the same six. If I knew that one six can make 1.3 billion Indians so happy, I would have conceded a six every day,” he added.
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India have maintained their supremacy over the neighbours in World Cup in both T20Is and ODIs.
Akhtar also mentioned that he shared good relations with his Indian counterpart, adding Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh in the list.
He also claimed that, apart from Pakistan, he has been loved tremendously from neighbouring fans in India and Bangladesh.
The Rawalpindi Express had recently proposed a three-match ODI series between both the countries to generate funds for the coronavirus pandemic.
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