Sachin Tendulkar is arguably the best batter of all time. He is the only player to amass a hundred centuries in international cricket. He also has a record of scoring the maximum amount of runs in Test and ODI cricket. However, his long-time on-field rival, Shoaib Akthar also called ‘Rawalpindi Express’ says that the legend could have amassed 1 lakh runs if they had the system of three reviews during their days.
What does he say further?
“You have two new balls. You have made the rules stricter. You give so much leverage to batsmen nowadays. You now allow three reviews. If we had three reviews during the time of Sachin, he would have made 1 lakh runs”, said Shoaib Akhtar while interacting on his official YouTube channel.
This was in conversation with the former Indian coach, Ravi Shastri.
Akhtar claims that Sachin is a legendary batter because he has faced the likes of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shane Warne, Brett Lee, etc. before he took on the next generation of speedsters and that is why he is a very tough batter according to the tearaway fast bowler.
“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 batter,” he said.
These are indeed some unique memories. Sachin Tendulkar retired in 2013 and is still remembered as one of the greatest.