Shoaib Akhtar unearths ‘sad secret’ about 2003 World Cup loss to India – Times of India

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Shoaib Akhtar unearths ‘sad secret’ about 2003 World Cup loss to India – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Former Pakistan pacerShoaib Akhtarhas printed his “sad secret” regarding the 2003 World Cup match against India which his crew lost by six wickets.

Within the neighborhood-stage match performed on March 1, 2003 at Centurion in South Africa, the Pakistan crew didn’t defend a goal of 274. India rode onSachin Tendulkar‘s excellent 98 to coast down the goal with bigger than four overs to spare.

In a video posted on his Youtube channel, Akhtar has printed how his fitness and melancholy captaincy from then skipper Waqar Younis came in Pakistan’s process of registering their first-ever shield shut over India at the World Cup.

“Basically the most disappointing match for me in my complete career was as soon as the 2003 World Cup match against India at Centurion. We had didn’t defend a goal of 274 despite having a truly ethical bowling line-up,” acknowledged Akhtar.

The ‘Rawalpindi Whisper’ printed that the evening before the match, he needed to clutch 4-5 injections on his left knee attributable to which it modified into numb. “Thanks to the injections water had filled up in my left knee and there was as soon as no sensation in it.”

“After the cease of our innings, I knowledgeable my teammates that we get got doubtlessly scored 30-40 runs much less. Nonetheless, the total avid gamers within the crew shouted at me announcing if ‘273 just is not adequate then what’s’. They acknowledged we are able to be ready to bag India all out. Nonetheless, I knew that the pitch was as soon as an ethical one for batting and it would possibly maybe live so within the 2d innings as neatly.”

“After we began the bowling, I noticed that my left knee had long previous numb. Thanks to which, I wasn’t ready to bustle neatly by my bowling bustle-up. In consequence I used to be as soon as not ready to bowl neatly. Indian openers, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, went for the price from the observe crawl. Basically, Sachin performed me very neatly and even hit me for a six over level.

“I had no clue how to bowl and bag the breakthrough. Unfortunately, the captain (Waqar Younis) got me out of the attack. He introduced me later within the innings the set I correct bowled mercurial and short. I got Sachin out at 98 off a brief-pitched supply. I knowledgeable the captain that I could well well also objective composed get continued with such bowling from the very starting. Within the cease we lost the match,” he added.

The 43-one year-feeble went for 72 runs in that match and picked up the sole real wicket of Sachin, but by then the match was as soon as already in India’s pocket.

“It was as soon as a bitter journey for me because we could well well even get defeated India, both in 1999 and 2003, but we could well well not. No longer to clutch the credit score a ways off from India who get performed us exceeding neatly at the World Cups,” Akhtar, a veteran of 46 Assessments and 163 ODIs, acknowledged.

“I composed feel sorry about that loss. If we could well well even get scored some extra runs and bowled better, we could well well even get won that match. Nonetheless sadly, my fitness came within the potential and also, it was as soon as melancholy captaincy that made us lose that match,” he added.

India and Pakistan get faced every various seven instances in World Cups, and the Men in Blue get won each time.

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