Pakistan’s fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, known as Sachin Tendulkar and Rawalpindi Express, has seen many interesting encounters on the field. A day earlier, in an interview to Pakistani news channel ARY News, he shared the experience of bowling Sachin for the first time. He told that I first encountered Tendulkar in the 1999 Kolkata Test.
Akhtar said that then Tendulkar was one of the best batsmen in the world. I had heard that he was God. Before bowling them, I told myself – this is God? Its not good. He was not me and I did not know him. He was in his attitude and I his attitude, but I wanted to get him out on the very first ball and it happened.
Akhtar bowled Sachin on first ball in Kolkata Test
Akhtar bowled Sachin clean for the first ball in the Kolkata Test. Apart from this, he also took the wickets of VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Venkatesh Prasad. He took four wickets for 71 runs in the first innings. He also took four wickets in the second innings. Pakistan won this Test by 46 runs.
Akhtar accused BCCI of canceling T20 World Cup
Akhtar often makes conflicting statements. In an interview to the Pakistani news channel 10 days ago, he accused the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that he canceled the T20 World Cup for the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Then Akhtar had said that today only powerful humans and powerful boards (BCCI) are running cricket. This year could have been the Asia Cup. There was also a good chance of playing matches between India and Pakistan. The T20 could have been the World Cup, but I had told Rashid Latif that these (BCCI) powerful people would not let it happen. For the BCCI, the IPL should not be a loss, the T20 World Cup go to hell.
Akhtar teases 2008 ‘Monkeygate’ dispute between Harbhajan-Symonds
Apart from this, he also teased the 2008 Monkeygate controversy in this interview. Akhtar said that many times someone calls someone a monkey and escapes. He has no punishment. Meanwhile, the Cricket Board also threatens to leave the series in the middle. I am asking Australians where are the ethics today?
In fact, during the Sydney Test in 2008, Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds alleged that Harbhajan Singh called him Monkey (monkey). After this racist comment, the case reached the Sydney court. Charges against Harbhajan could not be proved then. Meanwhile, the BCCI also threatened to end the tour midway.