Inzamam-ul-Haq believes Sachin Tendulkar‘s 98-run knock in opposition to Pakistan within the 2003 World Cup was one of many “finest innings” performed by the previous Indian batsman throughout his stellar profession.
Within the group-stage match performed on March 1, 2003, at Centurion in South Africa, the Pakistan workforce didn’t defend a goal of 274. India rode on Tendulkar’s 98 to chase down the goal with greater than 4 overs to spare.
“I’ve seen Sachin play quite a bit however the best way he batted in that match; I’ve by no means seen him play like that earlier than. The best way he performed in opposition to our quick bowlers in these situations was very good. I believe he scored 98 earlier than getting out to Shoaib Akhtar,” Inzamam informed India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on his YouTube present ‘DRS with Ash’.
“I really feel that innings of Sachin was certainly one of his finest. He broke all of the strain that existed. He performed a top-quality innings in opposition to real high quality quick bowlers like ours. The best way he hit these boundaries, the strain obtained launched on the batsmen who got here after him. If somebody had been to ask Sachin, he too would completely love that innings of his,” he added.
Inzamam additionally mentioned Pakistan had been assured about successful that sport after scoring 273 as they’d an excellent bowling line-up consisting of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Akhtar.
“Our bowling line-up consisted of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Shoaib Akhtar and the situations had been favouring the quick bowlers. The match was being performed at Centurion in South Africa. So we felt that we had put up a fairly good rating,” mentioned Inzamam.
Earlier, Akhtar had mentioned that the 2003 World Cup loss in opposition to India was the “most disappointing match” of his whole profession.
“Essentially the most disappointing match for me in my whole profession was the 2003 World Cup match in opposition to India at Centurion. We had didn’t defend a goal of 274 regardless of having an excellent bowling line-up,” Akhtar had earlier mentioned.
In his stellar profession that spanned over 20 years, Tendulkar scored 100 centuries throughout Assessments and ODIs — a report that also stands. In 463 ODIs, Tendulkar scored 18,426 runs, together with 49 tons, and in Assessments, he tallied 15,921, together with 51 centuries. In his lone T20I look which got here in opposition to South Africa in 2006, he scored 10 runs.