Sachin Tendulkar Would Have Scored 1.30 Lakh Runs in Today’s Era: Shoaib Akhtar
Making it clear that it is not right to compare Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar felt it is unfair because the former played in the toughest era of cricket, unlike 31-year-old current India skipper.
Sachin Tendulkar batted in the toughest era of cricket: Akhtar
The Rawalpindi Express also stated that had Tendulkar been among the current crop of players, he would have notched over 1.30 lakh runs at the highest level. Akhtar quipped that Sachin played in the ‘toughest era of cricket’.
“Tendulkar batted in the toughest era of cricket. If he had to get the chance now, he may hit more than 1.30 lakh runs. So, it’s not good to make a comparison between Sachin and Kohli,” Akhtar was quoted as saying in Cricket Pakistan.
Akhtar also revealed he wanted Tendulkar to complete a century during their famous 2003 World Cup clash against India. Tendulkar got out on 98 with Akhtar accounting for his scalp. Riding on Tendulkar’s fine innings, India won the match by six wickets in Centurion.
“I was very sad because Sachin got out for 98. It was special innings, he should have touched the century mark,” Akhtar said. “I wanted him to get a century. For that bouncer, I would have loved to see a sixer, as earlier he hit.”