Sachin Tendulkar Recalls Horror of Facing Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis on Test Debut

Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut against Pakistan in Karachi in 1989 where he had to face the likes of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.

Updated: November 07, 2014 21:51 IST
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A file pic of Sachin Tendulkar in Test attire.

International Test debuts can be intimidating and Sachin Tendulkar could not have imagined a tougher one when he padded up against pace legends Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis in 1989 - the experience leaving him so scarred that he doubted his ability to continue at the highest level. (Sachin Found it Difficult to Deal with Selectors)

In his just-released autobiography 'Playing It My Way', Tendulkar reveals how it was baptism by fire in his very first Test innings. ('Felt Humiliated After Being Sacked as Captain')

"It was baptism by fire. So much so that after my very first innings in Test cricket, during which I was all at sea against Wasim and Waqar, I began to doubt my ability to bat and question whether I was ever going to be good enough to play at international level," Tendulkar writes in the book. (Multan Declaration Hurt Sachin)

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