‘I intentionally wanted to hit Sachin’: Shoaib Akhtar recalls fiery spell against Tendulkar in 2006 Karachi Test

Former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar has recently revealed that he intentionally wanted to hit Sachin Tendulkar during the Karachi test between India and Pakistan in 2006. It was a memorable encounter between the two rivals at the Karachi National Stadium where Akhtar spat fire with the ball against the Indian batters. Recalling the match, Akhtar said he was determined to hurt Tendulkar at all costs during the match.

One of the fastest bowlers to grace the game, Akhtar was a nightmare for top bowlers to contend with during his playing days. Known as Rawalpindi express for his blistering pace, Akhtar enjoyed intense duels with Tendulkar on the pitch and Karachi Test was one of them.

Recalling the test match, Akhtar said his intention was to hit Tendulkar and he even managed to rock his helmet with one of the deliveries he thought would be enough to stop the Master Blaster, however, the batting legend has managed to survive and hit well.

“I am revealing this for the first time. I intentionally wanted to hit Sachin in this test match. I was determined to hurt Sachin in this test at all costs. Inzamam kept saying this bowl in front of the wickets, but I wanted to hit Sachin. So, I hit him on his helmet and I felt he was done. But when I watched the video, I saw that Sachin managed to save his head,” said Akhtar on Sportskeeda.

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Akhtar then revealed that he tried to hurt Tendulkar again after the batting maestro ran away despite being hit in the helmet. The former Pakistani pacer also praised Mohammad Asif who played extremely well in the game and continuously troubled the Indian batters.

“I tried to hurt him again. But on the other hand, the Indian striker was facing the music in the form of Asif. I had rarely seen anyone play as well as the way Asif played this day,” Akhtar added.

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The match is famous for Irfan Pathan’s stunning hat-trick in the very first leg of Pakistan’s first leg. Irfan scored a hat trick in the first set to help India consolidate the hosts for 245 runs in their opening set.

However, India could only manage 238 runs in response before Pakistan scored a whopping 599 runs in their second innings and won the game comfortably by 341 runs. Asif was the bowlers choice for Pakistan with seven wickets over the two innings.

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