I don't think Sachin was in as much pain after being hit in 1989: Waqar Younis

Pakistan legend Waqar Younis and Sachin Tendulkar made their debut in the same Test way back in 1989, and as the Indian master prepares to bid adieu to the sport, his Pakistani counterpart was in the city, on the invitation of a media house yesterday. The gregarious Shoaib Akhtar too was here as well.

updated: November 13, 2013 13:02 IST
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Mumbai: Waqar is credited with transforming Tendulkar from a boy wonder to a man in the course of one delivery: the bouncer which left the maestro bleeding in the Sialkot Test. Tendulkar recovered well to dispatch his counterpart for a boundary off the very next ball, and as years have passed by, this episode has become one of cricket's favourite stories.

"When I first saw Sachin, we thought they had brought along a child. I don't think he was in as much pain as it is made out to be after being hit," said Waqar. "He did not fall. He stood by, shook his head, and was ready to play the next ball," he added.

Akhtar recollects...

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