Shoaib Akhtar is one of Pakistan Cricket team bowlers who is known for his speed. In fact, the time when he played for his country, his deliveries dominated some of the best batsmen across the globe. However, there were times when batsmen would get their timing correct and end up with a marvellous boundary. This is exactly what Sachin Tendulkar did during 2003 World Cup.
During a recent interview, Shoaib Akhtar recalls when Sachin Tendulkar hit a six to his 151kmph delivery. The veteran Indian Cricket player helped the country secure the victory with 98-runs. However, Akhtar says that this is one shot that is replayed over and over again.
The interview between Zainab Abbas and Shoaib Akhtar was happening on Instagram Live. Akhtar says that the six by Sachin Tendulkar makes 1.3 billion Indians happy even today. Therefore, if he knew this will be the case, he would have considered conceding a six everyday during his career.
Furthermore, Shoaib Akhtar adds that Sachin Tendulkar is one of the greatest batsmen of his generation. He says that Tendulkar is a good friend and has a humble personality. Furthermore, he adds that Sachin Tendulkar’s kindness and gentleness makes him the legend he is today. Akhtar takes the time to add that he has dismissed the Master Blaster at least 12 to 13 times during his career.
“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. 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.”