Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, the former Indian player is regarded as the greatest batsman in the world. In 1989 he started his career against Pakistan at Karachi Cricket Ground at 16 years of age. From the start of his career, he played against some of the world’s best bowlers in his time. From Imran Khan to Waqar Younis, Glenn McGrath to Brett Lee, Shane Bond to Shaun Pollock, he played against all the great fast bowlers of his time. More often than not Sachin came out top against these bowlers with his class, elegance, and power.
Former Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Asif revealed that there was a time when Sachin used to struggle against the express pace of Shoaib Akhtar. Asif recalled India’s tour of Pakistan in 2006 and pointed out the third test match between India and Pakistan at Karachi.
Asif’s Comment on The God of Cricket!
“When the match started, Irfan Pathan claimed a hat-trick in the first over itself. Our morale was down. Kamran Akmal scored a century lower down the order. We scored around 240 runs. But when we started bowling, Shoaib Akhtar bowled at express pace in that match.
I was standing at square leg near the umpire and I myself saw that Tendulkar closed his eyes while facing one or two bouncers bowled by Shoaib. The Indians were playing on the back foot and we didn’t allow them to score even 240 in the first innings. We snatched victory from jaws of defeat,” Asif said in a talk show.
Mohammed Asif was evolved as one of the most talented fast bowlers Pakistan has ever produced. In spite of having an impressive career record, his career was destroyed at a very early age. He was banned for seven years due to his involvement in “Spot-Fixing” in England in 2010.
Asif also recalled how he was so much scared of the great Indian batting line-up in that test series. He said: “If you remember the Indian team that came to Pakistan in 2004, they had a solid batting line-up. Dravid was scoring plenty of runs, Sehwag smashed us at Multan.” He added: “During the Faisalabad Test, both teams scored 600 runs each. We were a bit worried as their batting line-up was deep, MS Dhoni was batting at number seven or eight.”
Mohammad Asif has thrown a controversial story in this interview against the Master Blaster himself. Whether he will be believed or not that is up to the fans to decide.