There is no doubt that the world misses the action when the Rawalpindi Express was up against the likes of Sachin Tendulkar. Akhtar became famous when he bowled on Dravid and Sachin on consecutive deliveries in the 1999 Kolkata test match. But the master blaster came heavily on Akhtar in the coming years. Shoaib Akhtar recently sat down with Ravi Shastri on his YouTube channel and talked about Sachin Tendulkar.
Akhtar heaped praises on Tendulkar and recalled that Sachin had to endure quality bowlers who were the best in the world. Scoring runs against them wasn’t easy at all.
Tendulkar would have scored 1 Lakh runs if he had Powerplay options like today : Shoaib Akhtar
“Cricket is now giving more leverage to the batsmen. If Sachin had Powerplay field settings like today, then he would have scored 1 lak runs. Bechara Sachin! I am calling him bechara because he had to deal with the likes of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shane Warne, then play Brett Lee and Shoaib Akhtar. Then also play against the new generation bowlers. That is why I call him a very tough batsman. ” said Shoaib Akhtar
Tendulkar and Akhtar had some fierce rivalries on the field but the legends are good friends with each other of the field. Akhtar recently played for Asian Lions in the Legends League recently. Tendulkar was also supposed to play but didn’t due to payment issues for his previous commitments.