Shoib Akhtar reveals he wanted to “injure Tendulkar in 2006 Test”

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ISLAMABAD:  Pakistan former speedster Shoib Akhtar has revealed that he wanted to “injure” Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar through his fierce pace bowling during 2006 Karachi test.
Both the Sub Continent Greats share moments on and off the ground. Shoib and Sachin had some of the most-talked about battles till date.
However, during a recent chat, Akhtar revealed that he intentionally wanted to hurt Tendulkar during India’s tour of Pakistan in 2006.
“First, let me reveal this. I intentionally wanted to hit Sachin in that match (Karachi Test, 2006). I was determined that I had to injure Sachin in that Test at any cost,” Akhtar said during an interaction on Sportskeeda.
“Inzamam kept saying that bowl in front of the wickets, but I wanted to hit Sachin. So, I hit him on his helmet and I thought he’s gone, he’ll die. But when I watched the video, I saw Sachin had managed to save his head,” he added.
Akhtar further revealed that while he continued to target Sachin, pacer Mohammad Asif troubled Indian pacers with his clinical bowling.
“I again tried to injure him. On other side, Indian batting was facing the music in the shape of Asif. I had rarely seen anyone bowl as well as Asif had bowled on that particular day,” he added.

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