I would have taken down Sachin and Sehwag in the 2011 World Cup semi-final, says Shoaib Akhtar

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Legendary pacer Shoaib Akhtar recalled how difficult it was for him to watch Pakistan lose to India during the 2011 World Cup.

Akhtar told Sportskeeda that the memory of the World Cup semi-final haunts him even today and if he had played that game, he would have brought down Sachin and Sehwag. He also mentioned how India was under tremendous pressure.

The memory of Mohali haunts me, the 2011 World Cup semi-final. I knew India as a 1.3 billion people was under tremendous pressure and the media was on them. So then we were underdogs and we shouldn’t have taken the pressure. I was very sad because if I had played that game, I would have dropped Sehwag and Sachin. I knew that if we catch these two players from above, then India will fall.,

He also said that he was angry with the management for not playing him in the all-important game, and the entire match was based on the first 10 overs.

All I know is how I watched those six hours defeat Pakistan. I’m not the kind of person who cries but I break things. So I broke some things in the dressing room. I was very angry and disappointed and so was my whole country. It was the first ten overs game.

He further said that it was really unfair to him, and he desperately wanted the Pakistan flag to be held high at the Wankhede.

I should have played them. Management did not play with me and it was unfair to me. I had just these two matches and I wanted the Pakistan flag to fly high at Wankhede. They told me I was unfit, but I bowled eight overs in practice. I was deeply hurt by this.”