Sachin closed his eyes while facing Akhtar’s bouncers: Asif
One of the best swing bowlers in Pakistan cricket history, Mohammad Asif has recently revealed that India legend Sachin Tendulkar had passed hard times facing Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar during the third Test between India and Pakistan in Karachi in 2006.
Akhtar had been one of the greatest fast bowlers in the history of cricket who’s generally famous for his extreme pace. It’s hard to find any batsman in the world who didn’t struggle against his pace. Even the great Sachin struggled too.
Asif disclosed that Sachin had ‘closed his eyes’ in tackling a couple of bouncers from Akhtar in the third Test of three-match Test series in Karachi in 2006. “When the match started, Irfan Pathan claimed a hat-trick in the first over itself. Our morale was down. Kamran Akmal scored a century lower down the order. We scored around 240 runs.
“When we started bowling, Shoaib Akhtar bowled at express pace in that match. I was standing at square leg near the umpire and I myself saw that Tendulkar closed his eyes while facing one or two bouncers bowled by Shoaib. The Indians were playing on the back foot and we didn’t allow them to score even 240 in the first innings. We snatched victory from jaws of defeat,”
Asif said in the Burgerz show.
With that, Irfan Pathan was the second Indian to claim hat-trick in Tests. However, Pakistan won the match by a huge margin of 341 runs in the end. Shoaib Akhtar took 3 wickets in that match but he troubled the whole Indian line-up with his pace.