Wed, 31 Mar 2021

Get well soon buddy: Shoaib Akhtar wishes Sachin Tendulkar fast recovery from COVID-19 with nostalgic photo

Former Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar has recently tweeted an old photo with the batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar to wish the legendary Indian batsman a speedy recovery from the global pandemic novel COVID-19. However, Akhtar took to Twitter and shared a photo of him and the former batting great Tendulkar during the Australia-India-Pakistan tri-series in 1999-2000 and called Sachin Tendulkar was ‘one of his favourite rivals’ on the ground.

"One of my favourite rivalries on the ground. Get well soon buddy Sachin Tendulkar,” tweeted the former pace-spearhead.

Notably, Sachin had tested positive for the COVID-19 a few days ago and he is currently in home quarantine as he has mild symptoms too. He announced the news to everyone through his tweet.

"I have been testing myself and taking all the recommended precautions to ensure Covid is kept at bay. However, I've tested positive today following mild symptoms. All others at home have tested negative," Tendulkar had tweeted.

On the other hand, Sachin Tendulkar and Shoaib Akhtar's on-field rivalry is well-known to every cricket fan over the years. It all started when the Pakistan fast bowler, who was rated as one of the fastest bowlers in the circuit, removed Sachin Tendulkar for a duck during a Test match in Kolkata way back in 1999. However, the former India captain took revenge during the 2003 ODI world Cup match against Pakistan in Centurion when he hit Akhtar for a maximum which is still fresh in the memories of Indian cricket fans as well.

In the 9 Test matches against Pakistan which Sachin had played and in which Shoaib was a part of the playing XI too, he had scored 416 runs which came at an average of 41.60 and Akhtar had dismissed him thrice in Test cricket. In the 19 ODIs that Sachin Tendulkar had played against Pakistan with Akhtar in the playing XI, he had scored 864 runs that came at an average of 45.47 and a strike rate of 90.18 as well. And Akhtar had dismissed him only five times in the 50-overs format.

Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar was the first Indian cricketer to have tested positive for COVID-19 who has been featured in the Road Safety World Series recently. Soon after his announcement, former India cricketers Yusuf Pathan, Subramaniam Badrinath and Irfan Pathan has also been tested positive for the deadly virus. They also took to Twitter and confirmed the news as well. Notably, they all featured in the India Legends team which won the Road Safety World Series in Raipur and the games didn't take place behind closed doors as crowds have enjoyed the live-action as well.

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