Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > Sachin Tendulkar Retirement > Sachin Retirement News >

Sachin Tendulkar’s Sharjah innings against Australia his best ODI knock: Wasim Akram

Sachin Tendulkar's Sharjah innings against Australia his best ODI knock: Wasim Akram

According to Wasim Akram, a calm demeanour was Sachin Tendulkar’s biggest strength © Getty Images

Mumbai: Dec 28, 2012
 
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram paid rich tribute to master blaster Sachin Tendulkar who announced One-Day International (ODI) retirement recently.
 
Tendulkar, a veteran of 463 ODIs played many memorable and match-winning matches for India but his innings against Australia at Sharjah in 1998 will remain Akram’s favourite ‘Sachin Tendulkar knock’.
 
“I saw his knock against Australia in the final of the 1998 series in Sharjah. He scored 134 against the tough Aussie attack and under immense pressure. He has played some great knocks in limited over cricket, but that one, in my book, is the best Sachin Tendulkar knock,” Akram said.
 
Akram feels it would be difficult for cricketers in future to break Tendulkar’s record. While speaking about Tendulkar’s achievements, he said, “Over 18,000 runs, 49 centuries – forget beating that record, I don’t think anyone will even come close.
 
“While those who have seen him play in ODIs will obviously miss his genius, the coming generation will never know what they’ve missed.”
 
A calm demeanour, according to the former Pakistan cricketer, was Tendulkar’s biggest strength.
 
“Personally for me, when he came out to bat, he looked very cool and calm. He never looked anxious or under pressure,” Akram was quoted by the BCCI’s official website. “With 98 percent of batsmen I saw walk in to bat, I could tell they were under pressure, but this guy was always so calm; and that I think was the secret of his success as a batsman.”
 
Praising the Little Master’s technique, he added, “From a cricketing point of view, he was a difficult batsman because of his technique. His defence was solid and his shots were proper. As a bowler, you hardly had a chance to get him out unless you bowled a magic delivery.”
 
Akram, who was a part of many famous cricketing battles with Tendulkar, recollected a particular ODI in Sharjah in 2000.
 
He said, “In that same Sharjah ODI he hit me for a couple of boundaries off short deliveries. Every batsman was struggling against my short-of-a-length delivery, but he pulled me twice. And then I said, ‘No more bouncers to him’. I realised that the best way against him is to keep bowling the middle-and-off line. I always looked at containing him because I knew that as an opening batsman, he is always going to play proper shots to an opening bowler and never slog.”
 
Tendulkar’s name has often been mentioned along with Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting, and Jacques Kallis as one of the modern-day masters. According to Akram, what separates the Indian batsman from the rest was his brilliant technique that never changed over the years.
 
Observes Akram, “He was the only batsman I noticed over the years who never changed his technique. When an Indian or Pakistani batsman goes to Australia they change their technique and go on the backfoot, but he never did that.
 
“That’s because he was so good at picking up the length of the ball. I don’t think any batsman picked up the length better in world cricket.”
 
Despite his greatness, Akram feels Tendulkar had his weaknesses and Pakistan exploited them well.
 
He said, “We knew his weakness and that’s why we had Abdul Razzaq have a go at him all the time. Sachin didn’t like facing those medium paced slow, out-swing bowlers, and every time Razzaq bowled to him, he got him out.”
 
Akram’s Yorkers were considered lethal and more often got the better of many of the supreme batsmen of his era but the former Pakistan captain regrets bowling it to the Indian genius in a particular Test match.
 
He said, “It was stupid of me to bowl him a yorker in the 1999 Chennai Test when he was batting on 70-80 odd. It was a very good yorker with the second new ball and I had the mid-on and mid-off standing straighter as well. And he straight drove me for four. His straight drive is the best in the world.”

Read all related stories to Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 23, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 24, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 72 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Chennai Super Kings won by 93 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Delhi Daredevils won by 4 wkts

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014  at Dubai

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 7 wkts

Photos

CSK vs DD, IPL 2014 Match 8 at Abu Dhabi

Videos

IPL: Tanmay Mishra talks shows the contents of his kit

IPL 2009: Yusuf Pathan leads Rajasthan Royals to memorable win over Kolkata Knight Riders in Super Over

Who else but Shakespeare on the World Book and Copyright Day?

IPL 2013: Shane Watson’s scintillating century against Chennai Super Kings goes in vain

John Small — The first man to use a straight bat

IPL 2014: Dwayne Bravo’s absence a major blow for Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils Glenn Maxwell India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab KXIP vs SRH KXIP vs SRH 2014 MS Dhoni Mumbai Indians Rajasthan Royals Royal Challengers Bangalore Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sachin Tendulkar greater than Don Bradman, claims new book titled ‘Greater Than Bradman’

Lasith Malinga named Sri Lanka T20 captain, Lahiru Thirimanne vice captain in all formats

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2014, Match 11 Preview: RCB look to maintain winning momentum

Peter Moores — Most unsuccessful England coach of modern times: Report

IPL 7: Chris Gayle returns as upbeat Royal Challengers Bangalore face off against Kolkata Knight Riders

Meg Lanning, Arran Brindle and other women cricketers who have led at a younger age than ther male counterparts

IPL 2013: Chris Gayle’s monumental 175 against Pune Warriors India

Aditya Verma waging war against BCCI for future of Bihar cricket

IPL 2014: Sunrisers Hyderabad need to have a relook at their top-heavy batting line-up

Hasan Raza: The youngest Test debutant

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

622 Posts | 7 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli's 77 during India vs Sri Lanka ICC World T20 2014 final at Dhaka

Top 10 rock songs to take your workout to the next level

Top 6 natural remedies to keep your liver healthy

Janaki Vishwanathan: Yeh Hai Bakrapur has been getting widespread appreciation even before its release

DGCA allows in-flight use of mobiles, laptops on flight mode

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2014, Match 11 Preview: RCB look to maintain winning momentum

India Elections 2014: How does an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) work?

An astonishing list of women cricketers who captained at a younger age than their male counterparts

Kajol: A visual delight as a pin-up girl!

Also on cricketcountry.com