During the 2006 Karachi Test, Shoaib Akhtar admits he wanted to “injure Sachin Tendulkar at whatever cost.”
Sachin Tendulkar, regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, had some tough clashes with pacers from all over the world during his playing career. His bouts with former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar, on the other hand, are some of the most talked-about battles to date. On most occasions, Sachin would overpower Akhtar, but the latter would counter by bowling brutal bouncers. During a recent conversation, Akhtar stated that he planned to purposefully damage Sachin Tendulkar during India’s 2006 tour of Pakistan.
“Let me start by revealing something. In that match, I wanted to hit Sachin on purpose (Karachi Test, 2006). I was dead set on injuring Sachin in that Test at any costs “During an interview with Sportskeeda, Shoaib Akhtar stated.
“I wanted to hit Sachin, but Inzamam kept telling me to bowl in front of the wickets. So I smacked him on the head with my helmet and assumed he was hit. However, after watching the film, I noticed Sachin had managed to save his head”He went on to say.
While Akhtar continued to target Sachin, pacer Mohammad Asif worried Indian pacers with his clinical bowling, according to Shoaib Akhtar.
“I attempted to hurt him once more. The Indian batting, on the other hand, was up against Asif Ali. On that particular day, I had rarely seen anyone bowl as brilliantly as Asif had “He went on to say.
Despite a hat-trick by Irfan Pathan in the first innings, India lost the first Test at Karachi and went on to lose the series.
While Asif had excelled in the encounter with his seven-wicket haul, Kamran Akmal was named Man of the Match for his 113-run effort in the first innings.