Updated: Nov 22, 2020 4:33:42 PM
Sachin Tendulkar produced a fairytale run at the 2003 World Cup which, in his own words, included the biggest game of his career – against rival Pakistan. In cramps, he scored an epic 98, which former Pakistani captain Inzamam-ul-Haq said was the little master’s best.
Inzamam shared his take on a talk show with India Off-Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin when he was asked about the sleeves at Centurion, South Africa.
“I asked the same question to Sachin paaji but I want to ask you now. In the 2003 World Cup match between India and Pakistan, Pakistan recorded a huge score. Saeed Anwar scored a century but after that Sehwag and Sachin played well and India won the match. At the halfway point, did you think you had enough to win the game or was the score below par? Ashwin asked on his “DRS with Ash” talk show.
“Our bowling team consisted of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Shoaib Akhtar and the conditions were in favor of the fast bowlers. The match was played at the Centurion in South Africa. So we felt that we had achieved a fairly good score, ”said Inzamam.
“I’ve seen Sachin play a lot, but the way he hit in this game; I’ve never seen him play like this before. The way he played against our fast bowlers in these conditions was superb. I think he scored 98 before he went to Shoaib Akhtar.
“I think these are Sachin’s best heats. He broke all the pressure. He played top quality innings against authentic quality fast bowlers like ours. The way he hit those limits, the pressure was released on the beaters who chased him.
“If anyone were to ask Sachin, he too would love his sleeves,” Inzamam said.
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