Shoaib Akhtar recalls his duel with Master Blaster in 2006!!

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One such legendary sportsperson who needs no introduction is master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. His name is still synonymous with almost every single major batting record in ODIs and Tests. Unlike others Sachin also underwent a rough patch in his iconic international career.

In conversation with former Team India cricketer and full-time pundit Sanjay Manjrekar, Pakistan pace great Shoaib Akhtar recalled his intense rivalry with the Master Blaster. Akhtar, who used to spearhead the potent Pakistani bowling attack recalled his face-off with the Little Master when India toured Pakistan in 2006.

Tendulkar’s long-standing battle with tennis elbow injury almost ended his career as the setback took a toll on his batting form at the time. Akhtar revealed that he opted to unleash a barrage of bouncers to keep Tendulkar quiet during the 2006 tour of Pakistan.

Rawalpindi express also said that Tendulkar used to be the only batsman with whom he never got aggressive during his playing days. The Rawalpindi Express asserted that he always tried to outdo the batting maestro although he had nothing but respect for the Master Blaster.

“But yes, I would try to outthink him. Like in the 2006 tour of Pakistan, I knew he had tennis elbow problems and he can’t hook or pull me, so I bowled a barrage of bouncers to keep him quiet,” Akhtar told Manjrekar during an ESPNcricinfo’s podcast.

Team India led by Rahul Dravid played three Test matches with Pakistan in their 2006 away tour. While the first two matches ended in a draw, the then Inzamam-ul-Haq-led won the series by a handsome 341-run margin in Karachi to win the series 1-0.


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