Getting a dismissal of the legendary Indian cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar would have been a huge scalp on any occasion, let alone a World Cup clash. But former Pakistan fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar was “very sad” when he dismissed the Master Blaster for 98 during Pakistan’s loss to India in the 2003 World Cup. Akhtar said that he wanted Tendulkar to score a century, claiming that it was a “special innings”.
Shoaib went on to say that he would have loved to have smashed for a six off the bouncer that did him in. Describing the same, Pakistani cricket writer Saj Sadiq quoted Shoaib Akhtar as saying, “I was very sad because Sachin got out for 98 in the 2003 World Cup match against us.”
He further added, “It was a special innings, he should have reached the century mark and I wanted him to hit a century. For that bouncer where I got him out, I would have loved to see a sixer.”
In the match in Centurion, Pakistan batted first and registered a decent total of 273-7, courtesy a brilliant Saeed Anwar century.
During the chase, India’s opening pair of Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag started off by smashing the Pakistan bowlers all over the park, before the latter lost his wicket with India at 53-1 in just the sixth over.
Sachin played a blistering knock of 98 in just 75 deliveries, taking the attack to the bowlers, hitting 12 boundaries and a six.
Tendulkar was dismissed by Shoaib Akhtar as the catch was taken by Younis Khan, but a composed 44 from Rahul Dravid and a breezy half-century from Yuvraj Singh saw India comfortably chase down their target with over four overs to spare.