Wasim Akram and Sachin Tendulkar among the legendary players who have set a benchmark for the generations to come. During their careers also, both of them were part of memorable some on-field tussles.
Sachin Tendulkar made his international debut at the age of 16 and in his first game itself, he was exposed to the brutal pace attack of Pakistan which boasted of the speedsters like Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram in it.
Sledging and hammering are the part and parcel of the game and even young Tendulkar was not spared from it.
While talking in an interview, Akram revealed an interesting incident where both exchanged a few words during Sachin’s first international tour to Pakistan in 1989.
Akram, who was an established name in the game of cricket by then, told that when a young Sachin came out to bat against Pakistan, he mocked Sachin.
Pakistani players had heard of Sachin’s talent and Akram tried to test the patience of the batsman by asking if he had asked his mother before coming out on the pitch.
“We had read a lot about Sachin, he was being regarded as the upcoming sensation. A 16-year old. But when he came out to bat he looked just 14 and I told him, Mummy se pooch k aaya hai?” Akram quoted in an interview.
In the session, other big guns of the game like Misbah-ul-Haq, Abdul Qadir, Harbhajan Singh, Mohammad Azharuddin, R Ashwin, Habibul Bashar, Muttiah Muralitharan and Madan Lal also present who shared their experiences with the audience.
Indian veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh also recalled an incident that involved Akram. He told that he had apologized to Akram for scoring a boundary off him.
Harbhajan Singh said, “I had always admired Wasim bhai. He was my hero and it was my third fourth Test match. Playing against him was a big thing for me, I was really scared to bat against him. However, I managed to hit a four against him. On his way back, he was like “teri…” and I said, “Paaji glti ho gyi.”