“Got A Lot Of Abuses.” Shoaib Akhtar Reveals He was a member of the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise and recently shared a humorous anecdote from an IPL 2008 match between KKR and Mumbai Indians at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
Shoaib Akhtar, the former Pakistan paceman, was a fan favorite wherever he went. Despite having many heat battles with Indian cricketers during his career, Akhtar was cheer on by cricket fans when he play for Kolkata Knight Riders in the early years of the Indian Premier League. Akhtar was a member of the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise and recently shared a humorous anecdote from an IPL 2008 match between KKR and Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
KKR had been bowl out for a meager 67, and Mumbai’s star pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya had come out to bat. Akhtar, who was bowling the first over, dismissed Mumbai’s favorite son Tendulkar in the first over, resulting in some hostility from the partisan Wankhede crowd.
“Got A Lot Of Abuses” Shoaib Akhtar Reveals
“It was a lovely setting with a wonderful atmosphere. The stadium was completely full. However, I dismissed Sachin Tendulkar in the first over, which was a huge mistake. When I was at fine leg, I subject to a barrage of abuse. ‘Come to mid-wicket, these people will kill you,’ Sourav Ganguly said. Who advised you to fire Sachin? ‘And all of this in Mumbai?’ “In an interview with Sportskeeda, Akhtar stated.
Sanath Jayasuriya was the star of the show for Mumbai, slamming a 17-ball 48 to lead the home team to victory. Akhtar has stated that he enjoys working and playing in Mumbai.
“I worked a lot in Mumbai and received a lot of love. I was relieved because no one insulted my country or made racist remarks at Wankhede. The audience at Wankhede was enthralled. I wish I had spent more time there playing games “Akhtar stated.