The 2003 World Cup clash between India and Pakistan is one of the most memorable matches ever played between the two countries. The free streaming cricket video taking some time to load captures the best part of the match – Sachin Tendulkar’s 98 while battling severe cramps.
I’m a fan of fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, but before this ODI game he had talked big about how he had it in him to get Tendulkar out early. He had in fact specifically said that he was going to blow the Indian batsmen away. The very first over by Shoaib Akhtar ended the anticipation with 18 runs coming off it. The over included the shot that was heard around the world – a massive six square off the wicket by Tendulkar. You know, you needed to have watched the match live to understand the significance of that one shot. Shoaib Akhtar was taken out of the attack after that one over.
Pakistan’s Abdul Razzaq put down Tendulkar a little later for which he got a pasting from Wasim Akram who said, “do you know whose catch you put down.” Cramps eventually got the better of Tendulkar and to Shoaib Akhtar’s credit he got the best batsman in the world out with a fantastic rising delivery.
Later Sachin Tendulkar would talk about his unorthodox guard outside leg stump – Sachin who hadn’t slept for two nights before this anticipated India Pakistan clash had come up with this to hoodwink the Pakistani bowlers. The idea was to get the Pakistan bowlers excited by showing them all three stumps so he could walk across and flick them on the legside. A great free streaming cricket clip to watch despite the loading time.