New Delhi: Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said that his statement a couple of years ago regarding former India captain Sachin Tendulkar was taken out of context and his intention was never to tell the world that Tendulkar was literally scared of him when he came up to bowl.
Akhtar opened up about the incident while speaking exclusively with Zee News and said that it was a hype created by the media and he had no role to play in it.
One of the fastest bowlers to have ever graced the field, Akhtar further went on to add, “I have a lot of respect for him and I have even gone to his place in 2016 and told him that.
He cooked for me and for the record he is also a great cook and an even better human being. I told him what I had written about him and Sachin said, ‘Leave all that whatever it is.
You had hit me during a match in Guwahati. Do you know where you had hit me?’ he asked and I said I think it was in your rib cage.”
Going to elaborate his point further, the 46-year-old former fast bowler said, “So I never said Sachin or Ganguly used to be scared of me. It was just media hype… I accept that he is the greatest ever.”
Akhtar is regarded as the faster bowler to have ever played international cricket having bowled a delivery at 161.3 km/h, in an ODI against England in the 2003 World Cup.
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