Sachin never scared me but Lara, Gilchrist did: Shoaib Akhtar

first_imgHe has had some of the most memorable on-field battles with Sachin Tendulkar but maverick speedster Shoaib Akhtar claims he was never scared to bowl at the legendary batsman.Instead, it was dashing Australian ‘keeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist and West Indian legend Brian Lara who “scared the hell” out of him during his 14-year international career.”Yes, that’s true. But that doesn’t mean I have no respect for Sachin. He is a legend and will always remain as one. But Sachin would never scare me. Guys like Gilchrist and Lara would scare the hell out of me,” Akhtar, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket after the World Cup told espnstar.com in an interview.Shoaib who played 46 Tests and 163 ODIs for Pakistan was in awe of Lara and Gilchrist.”Gilchrist would simply take me on. Lara was class apart.- With inputs from PTIlast_img

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