'Sachin Tendulkar Closed His Eyes When Up Against Shoaib Akhtar's Bouncers' - Mohammad Asif


Previous Pakistani pacer Mohammad Asif, who served a seven-year suspension for spot-fixing, as of late asserted that Shoaib Akhtar's brutal bouncers had once upset batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.

Reviewing a scene from India's visit to Pakistan in 2006, Asif talked about the well known Test in Karachi where Irfan Pathan guaranteed a cap stunt.

"If you remember the Indian team that came to Pakistan in 2006, they had a solid batting line-up. Dravid was scoring plenty of runs, Sehwag smashed us at Multan. 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," Asif said Pakistani show The Burgerz.

"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. 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, "the pacer added.

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In spite of losing Salman Butt, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf in the first finished, Kamran Akmal's lumpy century helped Pakistan post a decent 245 on the board. India accordingly began a comparable note and were packaged out for 238.

Pakistan took unlimited authority in the second innings as they set up a mammoth 599/7, civility of a century from Faisal Iqbal and significant commitments from Mohammad Yousuf and Abdul Razzaq.

In the bowling office, Razzaq and Asif tore separated the Indian batting request and regardless of Irfan's paramount cap stunt and Yuvraj Singh's century in the subsequent innings, India lost that coordinate and the arrangement.


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