Sachin Tendulkar yesterday declined to comment on controversial Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar's remark that he and teammate Rahul Dravid did not have the ability to finish matches.
"It is below my dignity to react to Shoaib's comment," Tendulkar was quoted as saying by television channels. However, the channels did not show any visuals to substantiate Tendulkar's reaction. Here's what maverick Shoaib Akhtar has reportedly written in his book...
I bowled a particularly fast ball which he (Sachin), to my amazement didn't even touch. That was the first time, I saw him walk away from me -- that, too, on a slow track at Faisalabad. It got my hunting instincts up. The next game, I hit him on his head - On Sachin
I think players like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid weren't exactly match-winners to start with, nor did they know the art of finishing the game. Vivian Richards, Ponting, Brian Lara, who dominated with the bat, were truly match-winners- On Dravid
When Wasim Akram was the captain, he told the board he wouldn't play me come what may. Wasim succeeded in keeping me out of the first Test (of my career) but the board insisted that new blood be given a chance; they wanted him to try me out - On Akram