Once more, the Wankhede Stadium crowd displayed their affection for their beloved Sachin Tendulkar by echoing his name during the inaugural 2023 World Cup game held at the venue on Saturday, October 21.
The 20th match of the tournament unfolded as South Africa and England faced off on a batsman-friendly pitch, creating anticipation for an exciting showdown. However, the outcome was rather lopsided, with South Africa dominating England with a commanding 229-run victory.
In the competition, the Proteas took the batting initiative and amassed a formidable total of 399/7 in their allotted 50 overs, led by a remarkable century courtesy of Heinrich Klaasen (109).
He found valuable backing from Reeza Hendricks (85), Marco Jansen (75*), and Rassie van der Dussen (61). England, on the other hand, capitulated meekly, offering little resistance, as they were dismissed for a mere 170 runs in just 22 overs.
In the match, people shouted ‘Sachin Sachin,’ which reminded everyone of the past. This is Sachin’s home ground, and he played his last international game here in 2013 against West Indies.
You can see the fans chanting in the video here:
“I never thought anyone would break Sachin Tendulkar’s record, but I was wrong” – Wasim Akram’s response to Virat Kohli’s 48th ODI century
Former Pakistani fast bowler Wasim Akram recently admitted that he never believed anyone could surpass Sachin Tendulkar’s records. This revelation followed Virat Kohli’s 48th ODI century against Bangladesh in Pune on October 19. Kohli now trails Tendulkar by just one century, as Tendulkar scored 49 ODI centuries.
In a conversation with Sportskeeda, Wasim Akram stated:
“They say records are meant to be broken. I never thought anyone would break Sachin Tendulkar’s record, but I was wrong. It’s a matter of 1-2 hundreds. He’s on 48, Tendulkar had 49.”
”It’s very easy to say 48, but when you think of it, 48 ODI hundreds in one format, that’s unbelievable. During our time, 15-16 centuries were a lot in an entire career. Now, we are talking about 50 hundreds – amazing. He seems from a different planet.”
“He’s averaging about 63-65 chasing. Not just in one or two games, but over hundred games. Youngsters can learn about passion from him. He is not satisfied with his performance.”