Sachin Tendulkar’s upper-cut for six off Pakistan pace spearhead Shoaib Akhtar during the 2003 World Cup is among one of the iconic sixes of his decorated career.
- Shoaib Akhtar has recalled Sachin Tendulkar’s iconic six during 2003 World Cup
- Akhtar said he would have conceded a six every day to Tendulkar has it made Indians so happy
- In that match in Centurion, Akhtar got Sachin out for 98
Former Pakistan spearhead Shoaib Akhtar has recalled Sachin Tendulkar’s iconic 2003 World Cup six and has said that he would have conceded a six every time to the legendary Indian batsman because that one maximum had brought smiles to so many Indian faces.
Tendulkar’s upper-cut for six off Akhtar during the 2003 World Cup is as iconic as any other six the Master Blaster hit during his 24-year-long international career.
“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,” Akhtar said during an interaction with Zainab Abbas on an Instagram live.
“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,” he added.
In that match, India were chasing 274 runs to win at Centurion. India Opener Sachin got his team off to a flier and it all started off in the 2nd over of the chase bowled by Akhtar. A short and wide ball bowled at 151 kmph, was lofted by Sachin over the third-man region for a mighty six. He smashed the next 2 balls for boundaries.
Akhtar took Sachin’s wicket after he had scored 98, but Pakistan could not recover after Sachin’s monstrous six.
A few days back, Akhtar had proposed a 3-match ODI series between India and Pakistan for raising funds for Covid-19 relief. However, Akhtar’s idea was brushed aside by Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar.
Sunil Gavaskar said that there are more chances of snowfall in Lahore than a bilateral series between arch-rivals India and Pakistan in near future.
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