While we have seen the little master send the ‘Rawalpindi Express’s”aka Shoaib Akhtar deliveries out of the park former Pakistani captain has some other thoughts. Though Akhtar got the better of the Sachin Tendulkar quite sometimes Shahid Afridi says that he had scared him.
Afridi says that Sachin won’t accept but Akhtar scared him with his fiery spells. The former Pakistani skipper has been news in recent past for his statement on Kashmir and for turning COVID-19 positive. Now, with this, statement he has once again triggered the debate. He also said that Akhtar scared some of the world’s best batsmen with his deliveries.
Afridi made the statement during a social media live session with Pakistan’s sports presenter Zainab Abbas. He was speaking about his relationship with India and a lot of other topics with Abbas. “Sachin obviously won’t say it himself that ‘I’m scared’. There were some spells from Shoaib Akhtar in which not only Sachin but some of the world”s best also got shaken up. When you are fielding at mid-off or covers, you can see it. You can sense the body language of a player. You can easily understand that a batsman is under pressure, he is not at his usual best“, he said.
“I’m not saying that Shoaib has scared Tendulkar always but there have been some spells from Shoaib that have pushed some of the world’s best including Tendulkar onto the backfoot “, he added. Adding to this he said that Sachin was scared of Saeed Ajmal as well. “During the World Cup, he also looked scared of Saeed Ajmal. It”s not a big deal, players do feel the pressure at times and it becomes difficult”, said Afridi.