Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has made a bizarre claim saying that legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar would have scored one lakh thirty thousand international runs had he played in current era. Akhtar was speaking in a Helo live session.
Akhtar was asked about the comparisons between Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli to which he answered with how unfair it is to compare two players from different era but he also went on to say that Sachin played in the ‘ toughest era of cricket ‘ and had he played among the current set of players, he would have amassed more than 1.30 Lakh runs.
“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,” – Shoaib Akhtar
Sachin made his international debut in 1989 and scored around 34,000 runs in the 24 years of his cricket career. On the other hand, Virat Kohli has scored over 21,000 international runs with an average of over 50 in all three formats in the 12 years of his cricket career. Akhtar’s claims sound bizarre because of the fact that with the workload of current cricketers, it would have been difficult to play for more than 15 years in this era.
If Sachin had to score over 1.30 lakh international runs, that would have been nearly 9000 runs per calendar year assuming a career of 15 years. He would have to score around 200 runs in each inning to score those 1.30 Lakh runs which would have been an inhumane performance.
Akhtar also talked about the famous India vs Pakistan match from 2003 World Cup which was played at Centurion. He revealed he wanted Sachin to get to his 100 as the little master was dismissed for a classic 98(75) on a short ball bowled by Akhtar himself.
“I was very sad because Sachin got out for 98. It was a special inning and he should have touched the century mark. I wanted him to slam the ton. For that bouncer, I may have loved to see him hit a six, as he did it before, Akhtar said.
Shoaib also made a false claim of dismissing Sachin for 12-13 times in his international career.
“I had a good time bowling to Sachin Tendulkar. He is one of the greatest batsmen of all-time. But I dismissed him 12-13 times as well.
Akhtar has dismissed Sachin for 8 times and not for 12-13 times as he claimed in the chat. Few months ago, Sehwag had also told that Akhtar only praises Indian players to make money from Indian fans as he has a huge number of Indian subscribers on his YouTube channel.