Sachin vs Dravid: who is the toughest Indian batsman Shoaib Akhtar has ever faced?

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The Indian Cricket Team has seen some of the most spectacular batsmen in the squad’s history, and the two names under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy that can easily stand out as even the greatest of all time are undoubtedly Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. While the ‘Master Blaster’ is revered for being the greatest run machine of all time, ‘The Wall’ is praised for his sound and unique batting technique. Choosing between the two was not an easy task for former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar, but the iconic pace bowler names Dravid as the tougher batsman to face on the pitch!

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Although Shoaib Akhtar has his own YouTube channel, the former international cricketer took to the social app Helo for an interactive session with his fans. During his prime, the superstar fast bowler was famous for his rivalry with the two Men in Blue batsmen. However, it was the technical Dravid whom Akhtar felt was more of a challenge on the 22 yards than the blistering Sachin.

“Dravid was more difficult to bowl than Sachin,” Akhtar revealed during the interactive session.

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Although Sachin, the highest run scorer in the game was the usual nightmare for any bowler during his prime, Dravid was known for his patience and and composure on the pitch.

The former right handed batsman, who has faced the most number of balls in international cricket, rightfully earned his famous nickname for being anchored against even the topmost bowlers, including Akhtar himself.

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In his 16 years of international cricket, Dravid earned 164 Test and 344 ODI caps for India, scoring 13,288 and 10,889 runs in both formats respectively, and also enjoyed a short stint with Indian Premier League franchises Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals.

Following his retirement, the Karnataka cricket team stalwart continues to invest in the sport. The 47 year old is currently the Director of Cricket Operations at National Cricket Academy, and also coached the India Under-19 squad to victory at the 2018 u-19 Cricket World Cup.

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