Shoaib Akhtar on World Cup 2003: Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has said a big thing on the Indo-Pak match (IND vs PAK) in the World Cup 2003. He has said that if he was not removed from the bowling, he would have got Sachin-Sehwag out and the match could have gone in Pakistan’s hands. Let us tell you that in this match held 19 years ago, India won by 6 wickets thanks to the memorable innings of 98 runs by Sachin Tendulkar.
During a conversation with Star Sports on this match, Shoaib said, ‘If at that time Imran Khan Had he been there, he would have told me that you run away and do only bodyline bowling. If he hits 6 sixes, then let him kill. We need a wicket. One will be a miss hit. But what actually happened, I got hit for a six and then I was dropped from bowling.
Shoaib says, ‘If I had got Sachin and Sehwag out there, we would have won half the battle there. I liked the tag of fast bowling but I also wanted to take wickets.
In this match of World Cup 2003, Pakistan had set a target of 274 runs in front of India. In response, Sachin scored 18 runs to Shoaib Akhtar in the very first over. Shoaib Akhtar was then dropped from the bowling attack. India won this match by 6 wickets. Akhtar had conceded 72 runs in the entire match while bowling 10 overs and took one wicket.