Sachin Tendulkar won’t accept he was scared of Shoaib Akhtar: Shahid Afridi defends 9-year-old claim

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Shahid Afridi mentioned in 2011 that he had seen Sachin Tendulkar’s legs trembling when Shoaib Akhtar got here on to bowl and that the batting nice was additionally scared of spinner Saeed Ajmal.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Shahid Afridi defends 9-year-old claim, says Tendulkar was scared of Akhtar
  • Sachin clearly won’t say it himself that ‘I’m scared’: Afridi
  • Akhtar, in his autobiography, had mentioned Sachin was scared of ‘his scorching tempo’
Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has reiterated that Sachin Tendulkar was scared of going through Shoaib Akhtar, defending his 9-year-old claim.

Afridi mentioned Tendulkar won’t accept that he was scared of Akhtar and mentioned some of the previous Pakistan quick bowler’s spells created panic in opposition batsmen’s minds. Afridi mentioned he stands by his claim which he made in 2011.

It was Akhtar, who in his autobiography ‘Controversially Yours’ had claimed that Tendulkar was scared to ‘face his scorching tempo’. Afridi had backed Akhtar’s claims in 2011.

Afridi had mentioned he had seen Tendulkar’s ‘legs trembling when Shoaib got here on to bowl’ whereas fielding at short-leg and that the Indian batting nice additionally ‘regarded scared of younger spinner Saeed Ajmal’ in the course of the World Cup in 2011.

“Sachin obviously won’t say it himself that ‘I’m scared’. There were some spells from Shoaib Akhtar in which not only Sachin but some of the world’s best were troubled and shaken up,” Afridi advised sports activities presenter Zainab Abbas throughout a YouTube dialog.

“When you’re fielding at mid-off or covers, you may see it. You can sense the physique language of a participant. You can simply perceive {that a} batsman is underneath stress, he does not look his normal self.

“I’m not saying that Shoaib has scared Tendulkar always but there have been some spells from Shoaib that have pushed some of the world’s best onto the backfoot.”

Tendulkar and Akhtar have had some memorable on-field battles previously. In the 2003 World Cup, Tendulkar was dominating Akhtar earlier than the Pakistan pacer stopped the batting nice from attending to a memorable hundred.

Tendulkar averages over 45 in opposition to Akhtar in 19 ODIs whereas the Pakistan quick bowler has acquired him out 5 instances. In Tests, Akhtar has acquired Tendulkar’s wicket three instances in 9 matches.

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