Abdul Razzaq, a former all-rounder for Pakistan, praised Sachin Tendulkar for his humility despite being one of the best cricket players ever. With a number of cricketing records under his belt, Tendulkar completed his brilliant career. The 50-year-old was the only player in the world to reach 100 international hundreds, a record that is extremely hard to surpass, and he scored the most runs and centuries in both the Test and ODI formats. Tendulkar faced multiple opponents throughout the course of his roughly 24-year career. Generally, the batting master defeated them, but sometimes the situation went in their favor.
On the cricket pitch, one such adversary of Tendulkar’s was Pakistan’s Abdul Razzaq, who dismissed him six times between 2000 and 2006. Tendulkar, a legendary batsman, said that Razzaq was a difficult bowler to face. Razzaq praised Tendulkar for his humility and added that he was too nice to steal his name.
“First and foremost, Sachin Tendulkar was and will always be a batsman of the highest caliber. However, Sachin didn’t need to mention that Razzaq was a difficult bowler to face because of the sort of celebrity he was and the size of his fan base. I never realized why Sachin felt the need to use my name. Glenn McGrath, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Ambrose and Walsh, Muralitharan, and Shane Warne are just a few of the people he might have mentioned. He therefore didn’t have to. His magnificence was the cause. He was being too generous with the adjectives he used to describe me, as I’ve already said. Not just once, but quite a few times. Sehwag did as well. A batter-troublemaker is known as a rabbit. But I never took too much pride in it, he said on the Nadir Ali show.
The former Pakistan all-rounder continued by talking about defeating Tendulkar while he was playing.
“Even the best hitters have problems when the ball swings. For the Indian squad, Sachin Tendulkar was a one-man army. Our superiors usually instructed us to grab Sachin’s wicket when we played against India. He became a target as a result. In fact, I once managed to get him out during the CB Series in Australia. Irfan Pathan scored a hat-trick when the Indian team visited Karachi in 2006, and together we managed to raise the number to somewhere around 240,” he said.