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Shoaib Akhtar Reveals How He Deliberate Sachin Tendulkar’s “First Ball” Dismissal In 1999 Kolkata Check | Cricket Information


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Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has recalled that he had deliberate Sachin Tendulkar‘s first-ball dismissal throughout the 1999 Check towards India on the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. By the way, Akhtar had bowled Rahul Dravid and Tendulkar off consecutive deliveries throughout the first Check, which made him an in a single day sensation in worldwide cricket. Throughout an interplay on Sportskeeda, Akhtar mentioned that he wasn’t shocked with Tendulkar’s dismissal, saying that he was assured about getting the ‘Grasp Blaster’ out on the primary ball.

“When Sachin was on the brink of take strike, Wasim Akram suggested me to bowl reverse swing. He instructed me to make sure that the ball results in line with the stumps after pitching. Initially, I used to be very anxious about getting him out. However once I began operating in, I used to be utterly targeted as I wished to get my run-up utterly proper – whether or not it was my leap or my bowling motion,” he mentioned.

“The second Sachin lifted his bat, I knew he was out. His backlift was actually excessive and I knew the ball was reverse-swinging so much. I wasn’t shocked with the outcome since I had deliberate the supply,” he added.

Akhtar additionally recalled the scenes contained in the stadium after Tendulkar’s dismissal, saying that one lakh followers contained in the Eden Gardens had been completely surprised.

“There was pin drop silence within the floor,” Akhtar said.


Akhtar additionally recalled that he had a pleasant banter with former teammate Saqlain Mushtaq as to who will get the “God of cricket” out.

“There have been 1 lakh individuals contained in the stadium and virtually as many ready outdoors. I used to be chatting with Saqlain Mushtaq and I requested him who the crowds had been referring to because the ‘God of Cricket’. So, he instructed me that in India, Tendulkar is taken into account God. My on the spot reply was – what if I get him out? He jogged my memory that he had dismissed Tendulkar within the final two Checks. So, we received right into a pleasant banter over who would get Sachin out,” he concluded.

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