India vs Pakistan: Sachin Tendulkar closes his eyes, facing Shoaib Akhtar’s bouncers in Karachi: Mohammad Asif | Cricket news

India vs Pakistan: Sachin Tendulkar closes his eyes, facing Shoaib Akhtar’s bouncers in Karachi: Mohammad Asif | Cricket news

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Lahore: Former Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Asif recalled the Karachi Test against India played in 2006, with Irfan Pathan taking a hat-trick to the audience in the very first over of the match.

The first two Tests at Multan and Faisalabad were high-scoring draws and a series-decider was played at the National Stadium in Karachi from 29 January to 1 February.

“If you remember that the Indian team that came to Pakistan in 2006 had a solid role in the batting. (Rahul) Dravid was scoring a lot, (Virender) Sehwag smacked us in Multan. During the Faisalabad Test, both teams scored goals. Asif said on the Pakistani show ‘The Burj’, 600 runs were for each. Their batting line-up was deep, with MS Dhoni batting at number seven or eight.

In the third and final Test, Pakistan were dismissed for 245 in the first innings. It was Kamran Akmal’s (113) century that helped him post a respectable first innings. However, he performed with great bowling and bowled India at 238.

Asif said, “When the match started, Irfan Pathan claimed a hat-trick in the first over. Our morale was over. Kamran Akmal completed the century. We scored around 240 runs.”

In the second innings, the hosts scored 599/7, thanks to a brilliant century by Faisal Iqbal (139), they won the match by 341 runs and bowled India to 265 in the final innings.

Asif further claimed that during the game, his Pakistan teammate and fellow fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar had put Sachin Tendulkar in real trouble with his bouncers.

He said, “When we started bowling, Shoaib Akhtar bowled at an express pace in that match. I was standing at square leg near the umpire and I myself saw that Sachin bowled one or two bouncers by Shoaib. He closed his eyes while facing

The right-arm fast bowler was banned for seven years for his role, we Indians were playing first place and we did not let him score 240 runs in the first innings. We snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. It was said in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal during Pakistan’s tour of England.

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