When Shoaib Akhtar failed to ‘lift’ Sachin Tendulkar, Pakistan paceman feared never getting ‘India visa again’ | Cricket News


Former Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar and Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar have had loads of battles on the sphere. The 2003 World Cup conflict between India and Pakistan is one in every of many thrilling encounters between Tendulkar and Akhtar. There had been nonetheless, some mild moments off the sphere as properly and the Pakistan speedster recalled one such incident with the Mumbai maestro Tendulkar at an awards perform.

It was throughout an awards perform throughout Pakistan’s 2007 tour of India when Akhtar tried to elevate Tendulkar however failed. The Indian fell down however fortuitously didn’t harm himself. Akhtar recalled having felt afraid that he would never get an Indian visa and the followers would kill him.

“After Pakistan, if there is one country where I have received a lot of love, it is India. I have a lot of good memories from my visits to India. During the 2007 tour, there was an awards function. So obviously, there was a get-together after the function. As usual, I wanted to do something different. So, I tried to lift Sachin Tendulkar, just for fun. I managed to lift him but then he slipped from my hands. Tendulkar fell down, not that badly, but I thought to myself that ‘I am dead’,” Akhtar was quoted as saying by Sportskeeda web site.

“I feared that if Sachin Tendulkar gets unfit or injured, I would never get an Indian Visa. The Indians would never allow me to come back to the country or would burn me alive,” one of many world’s quickest tempo bowler admitted.

Akhtar added that Tendulkar was all proper after falling down and later, the Indian batting legend hammered Pakistan within the bilateral sequence.

“When he fell down, I really thought I am done for life. I remember Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh were also there and they were telling me, ‘What are you doing man?’ And I responded saying ‘I don’t really know, it just happened.’ So, then I went and hugged Tendulkar and asked him if he was okay. Thankfully, he said he was fine,” Akhtar recalled.


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