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Legendary Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said iconic India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was “a very tough batsman”.
Explaining why, Akhtar pointed out that Tendulkar faced the best bowlers in the world throughout his illustrious career and had no fear when batting against them.
“I really pity him. The reason I pity Sachin is he initially played against Wasim (Akram) and Waqar (Younis), he played against Shane Warne, then he faced (Brett) Lee and Shoaib (Akhtar), and later he played the next generation of fast bowlers. That’s why I call him a very tough batsman,” Akhtar said on his YouTube channel as quoted by PakPassion.
Tendulkar scored 15,921 runs in 200 Test matches, which included 51 centuries and 68 fifties, at an average of 53.78.
In regards to ODIs, he accumulated 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs, which included 49 hundreds and 96 half-centuries, at an average of 44.83.
He also featured in one Twenty20 International, where he scored 10 runs.