Shoaib Akhtar Wishes Sachin Tendulkar Speedy Recovery, But Gets Trolled. Here’s Why





Who doesn’t remember Sachin Tendulkar using Shoaib Akhtar’s pace and cutting him for a six over the third man in the 2003 World Cup. It’s part of folklore and makes every Indian cricket lover happy and proud. However, a few summers before that, on a hot afternoon in Eden Gardens, Kolkata, Akhtar, also known as the ‘Rawalpindi Express’, became a household name, when he got Tendulkar for a golden duck, uprooting his middle stump off the ground courtesy a lethal and fast in-swinging yorker. Needless to say, the 1 lakh-odd present at the Eden Gardens suddenly seemed to have lost their voices in a fleeting second.

Shoaib Akhtar and Tendulkar have had some memorable duels on the field. It was one of the most anticipated rivalries on a cricket field in the late 1990s and early 2000s. On Tuesday, the legendary pacer tweeted about one of his “favourite rivalries on the ground” and wished Tendulkar, who has tested positive for COVID-19, a speedy recovery.

Within a day, the tweet garnered over 11,600 likes. There were a few hilarious reactions as well, with many Indian cricket fans mocking the word “rivalry”. While some felt he was just another bowler and “nothing more”, others said that Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis were Tendulkar’s rivals, not Shoaib Akhtar.

There were some, who didn’t want to comment on any kind of rivalry, but instead focused on putting aside “hatred” and appreciating the fact that the former Pakistan pacer sent Tendulkar “a recovery message”.

Another user got nostalgic and tweeted that watching old matches of “Shoaib vs Sachin” was a visual delight.

Amid rising COVID-19 cases in India, a few days ago Tendulkar put up a message on Twitter, stating that he was recovering at home with ‘mild symptoms’ of the virus.

Tendulkar recently captained the India Legends team that won the Road Safety World Series title.

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