Shoaib Akhtar has revealed his plan on getting Sachin Tendulkar out on the primary ball in a Check match at Eden Gardens in 1999. Pakistani speedster got here into highlights for his 8-wickets in Asia Check Championship towards India however extra for bowling out Rahul Dravid and Tendulkar on consecutive deliveries.
The Rawalpindi Categorical additionally revealed how legendary determine Wasim Akram helped him get Tendulkar’s wicket in that match. Akhtar clear bowled Dravid after which had slightly chat with Akram. Akram instructed the pacer to maintain the ball in stump line and bowl reverse-swing and the latter delivered the identical. This was the primary ball he ever bowled to Sachin and the pleasant rivalry grew later.
“When Sachin was on the brink of take a strike, Wasim Akram suggested me to bowl reverse swing. He instructed me to make sure that the ball results in line with the stumps after pitching. Initially, I used to be very anxious about getting him out. However once I began operating in, I used to be utterly focussed as I needed to get my run-up utterly proper – whether or not it was my leap or my bowling motion.”
“The second Sachin lifted his bat, I knew he was out. His backlift was actually excessive and I knew the ball was reverse-swinging rather a lot. I wasn’t shocked with the consequence since I had deliberate the supply.” Shoaib revealed on Sportskeeda video.
Shoaib Akhtar opens up on his pleasant banter with Saqlain Mushtaq over who’s getting Sachin out:
The 46-year-old cricket pundit additionally shared some insights into that match. He revealed his interplay with a spin-great Saqlain Mushtaq earlier than the match. Shoaib was unaware of who the Eden Gardens crowd is referring ‘god of cricket’ and Mushtaq revealed Tendulkar’s title. Then Shoaib joked with Mushtaq over who will get Sachin out in that match.
“There have been 1 lakh folks contained in the stadium and virtually as many ready exterior. I used to be chatting with Saqlain Mushtaq and I requested him who the crowds had been referring to because the ‘God of Cricket’. So he instructed me that in India, Tendulkar is taken into account God. My instantaneous reply was – what if I get him out? He jogged my memory that he had dismissed Tendulkar within the final two Checks. So, we received right into a pleasant banter over who would get Sachin out,” Shoaib continued.