Sachin Tendulkar: Three outstanding sixes in ICC Cricket World Cup 2003
Sachin Tendulkar, the inventor of an upper cut, was the man of the series in the 2003 world cup in South Africa. He commenced the world cup with a fifty against the Netherlands and was scored consecutive outstanding innings. His 81 run innings against a disciplined Zimbabwe bowling attack at Harare Sports Club displayed his purple patch in the world cup. In the next match he scored a run a ball 152 against Namibia. This innings indicated what Sachin was going to do in that world cup. His stroke play delighted fans around the world.
In India’s fourth match of the tournament English bowler Andy Caddick was roaring to bowl against Sachin. He announced that Sachin Tendulkar was going to out of his bowling. But, the thing was different when Sachin’s bat started talking in the match. Tendulkar’s gave a strong reply to Caddick’s threat by hooking his delivery pitched on the off stump for a massive six over the mid-wicket fence, the ball landed on the roof of the stand.
Another bowler, who shared a willy-nilly relation with Sachin is Shoaib Akhtar. On the field duel, of both, was crispy. Akhtar loved to ball Sachin while Sachin liked to hit Akhtar. There were a lot of talks before the India and Pakistan match in the wake of Kargil war. Sachin Tendulkar, who later admitted that he did not sleep the night before the Pakistan match, was repeatedly given bouncer by Pakistan bowlers, especially Akhtar. But, their strategy boomeranged as Sachin innovated upper cut over the third wicket boundary. It was the lightning from Akhtar and Sachin played an upper-cut to send him for six.
Another beautiful uppercut came against Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan was full of match winners. But, it was the day of India. The man of the match was Sachin for his 97 run innings. Sachin played an uppercut shot of Dilhara Fernando, the only six Sachin played in that match. But, it was brilliant uppercut.
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