Cricketzine prediction: “When I first met him, I had never met anyone like him”: Sachin Tendulkar on his rivalry with all-time greats

Sachin Tendulkar has left a huge tribute to his all-time rival who has broken multiple bowling records over the course of an outstanding international career.

Indian former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the game. Tendulkar holds the record for the most ODI and test runs and the most international centuries (100) in gaming history. Tendulkar also developed healthy rivalries with some of the bowling greats of his time throughout his 24-year international career. One of them is former Pakistani captain and legendary left-arm speedster Wasim Akram.

Akram made his international debut before Tendulker, but the two had a bitter rivalry throughout the 1990s. Naturally, the two had a strong respect for each other, and for this reason Tendulkar made a special contribution to Wasim Akram’s autobiography Sultan.
“Master Blaster” – as Tendulkar is affectionately known – remembers the legendary Pace as a tribute to his bowling greats.

Discussing Akram’s incredible ability with the ball, Tendulker wrote that bowlers of this caliber “improve your game”, adding that Akram “made the ball talk”.

“Cricket is a team sport, but it all goes back to the rivalry between batsmen and bowlers. At Wasim Akram, every batsman had great rivals. It will remain forever. Wasim was the master. He made the ball talk,” Tendulkar writes in Akram’s book.

“His approach was very natural. Unlike most fast bowlers, he never had to measure his stride. He can start anywhere and still be just as effective. He got through his crease so quickly that there was little time in line. When I first met him, he had never met anyone like Wasim. I remember all the games we played against each other. Now we develop warm friendships every time we meet,” continued the former Indian hitter. Wasim Akram holds the record for most wickets by a fast bowler in ODI and was also the first in format history to break the 500 wicket mark. He finished his ODI career taking his 502 wickets in 356 his games. In Test, the former left-arm pacesetter finished his stellar career with 414 goals in his 106 games.

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