Inzamam-ul-Haq Rates Sachin Tendulkar's 98 As Best Knock

Inzamam-ul-Haq Rates Sachin Tendulkar’s 98 As His Best Knock

Pakistan Legend Inzamam-ul-Haq Defines India's Greatest In One LIner
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Inzamam-ul-Haq picked master blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s knock against Pakistan in the 2003 ODI World Cup as the best by the legendary opener in ODI cricket.

Sachin Tendulkar may have scored maximum 100 international centuries including 7 against Pakistan but according to former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, the knock against Pakistan in 2003 World Cup was his best innings.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar. Image Credits: BBC

Inzamam-ul-Haq Felt Pakistan Put Up A Good Score Of 273 In 2003 World Cup

Inzamam-ul-Haq’s comments came when current Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin asked him about that particular knock of Sachin Tendulkar in Centurion, South Africa.

“I have asked the same question Sachin paaji but I want to ask you now. In the 2003 World Cup game India and Pakistan, Pakistan had posted a huge score. Saeed Anwar scored a century but after that Sehwag and Sachin played well and India won the match. At the halfway mark did you believe that you have enough to win the match or was the score under par?,” asked Ashwin on his YouTube show ‘DRS with Ash’.

Asif Ali, Inzamam-ul-Haq
Inzamam-ul-Haq Credits – Getty

Inzamam-ul-Haq said Pakistan were confident about winning that game after scoring 273 thanks to the wonderful knock of 101 off 126 balls by opener Saeed Anwar.

“Our bowling line-up consisted of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Shoaib Akhtar and the conditions were favouring the fast bowlers. The match was being played at Centurion in South Africa. So we felt that we had put up a pretty good score,” said Inzamam.

Pakistan scored 273/7 with Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra accounting for 2 wickets each but the latter was too expensive conceding 74 runs.

Inzamam-ul-Haq Praised Sachin Tendulkar For His Superb Knock Of 98 And Said He Never Seen Him Bat Like That In His Life

The former Pakistan great batsman who scored only 6 in that match lauded Sachin Tendulkar’s 98 off 75 balls that took the game away from Pakistan and said he has never seen Sachin Tendulkar bat like that in his life.

“I have seen Sachin play a lot but the way he batted in that match; I have never seen him play like that before. The way he played against our fast bowlers in those conditions was superb. I think he scored 98 before getting out to Shoaib Akhtar,” said Inzamam.

Shoaib Akhtar, Sachin Tendulkar
Shoaib Akhtar, Sachin Tendulkar Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Both the openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag raced to 50 in just 5.3 overs before the latter was dismissed by Waqar Younis. Sachin Tendulkar, however, continued to take apart the Pakistan bowlers and carried on the rampage after Virender Sehwag and Sourav Ganguly’s dismissal.

“I feel that was Sachin’s best innings. He broke all the pressure. He played a top-quality innings against genuine quality fast bowlers like ours. The way he hit those boundaries, the pressure got released on the batsmen who came after him. If someone were to ask Sachin, he too would absolutely love that innings of his,” Inzamam said.

He hit as many as 12 fours and one six over point off a Shoaib Akhtar delivery that is rated as one of the best shots played in a World Cup game.

Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed for 98 by Shoaib Akhtar, but Rahul Dravid (44* off 76) and Yuvraj Singh (50* off 53) forged an unbroken 99-run stand to see India win with six wickets in hand.