Sachin Tendulkar recalls when Shoaib Akhtar’s hit in the rib cage- Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar and Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar shared one of the biggest rivalries on the field. The two best players in world cricket always ensured that both do well against each other. In a recent interview on Unacademy, Sachin Tendulkar recalled how Akhtar’s speeding delivery hit him in the rib cage during the Pakistan tour of India in 2007. The batting great continued playing during the India tour of Australia and ignored the pain. But, he didn’t realize the injury could lead to further problems for almost eight weeks.
“I got hit in my rib cage in 2007. We were playing Pakistan in India and in the first over itself I got hit in the rib cage off a Shoaib Akhtar ball. It was quite painful. For a month and a half or two months, I was not able to cough or sleep on my tummy,” Tendulkar said during a session on Unacademy.
“But I continued playing like that and had designed my own chest guard. I played the remaining four ODIs and the Test series. Before going to Australia as well, I played whatever cricket there was,” he added.
India had toured Australia for four Tests and Tri-series that also featured Sri Lanka and won the limited-overs series. Tendulkar was part of both the ODI and Test squad.
“When I went to Australia, I played the whole series – we played the VB series and towards the end of it, I had a groin injury. I came back to India and we did a full-body scan. At that time, it was the doctor who told me about it,” Tendulkar recalled.
“I did not ask him about my rib, I was worried about my groin injury because the IPL was going to start. But I couldn’t get fit in time and missed the first seven matches. But the doctor told me that there was a hotspot. You must have broken your rib at some stage. It troubled me for two months,” he added.
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