Sachin Tendulkar is popularly known as the GOD of cricket. Sachin has faced the best bowlers of cricket history in his career. Veteran Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is one of them. The rivalry between Sachin and Akhtar was very popular in the early 20s.
During the recent interview, Shoaib Akhtar who is known as Rawalpindi express in the entire world, recalls the incident when He met the first time with Sachin Tendulkar.
Sachin had faced the Shoaib Akhtar for the first time in a test match in Kolkata in 1999.
when Shoaib Akhtar and Sachin Tendulkar met the first time:
During an interview with Pakistan news channel ARY News, Shoaib Akhtar said,
“I heard Sachin was the god. I said this is a god? Iss ki khairiyat nahi. He didn’t recognize me, and I didn’t recognize him. He was in his own attitude and I was in my attitude. But I wanted to get him out on the first ball and that happened.”
Sachin Tendulkar was clean bowled by Shoaib Akhtar on his very first delivery in the Kolkata Test. This moment was very special for Akhtar because It was the maiden test of Akhtar and got the wicket of the best batsman on the very first delivery of an over.
In this test match, Shoaib Akhtar picked not only Sachin’s wicket but also VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid, and Venkatesh Prasad’s wicket. He ended his first-innings spell with a figure of 4/71. Akhtar took 4 more wickets in the second innings which helped Pakistan to win the test by 46 runs.
As we all know that Sachin Tendulkar is the highest run-getter in the International ODI and test cricket with 15921 runs and 18426 runs respectively.
On the other side, Rawalpindi Express picked the 444 wickets including all formats in his career. Akhtar has also held the record of the fastest delivery in the international career.