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January 28, 2006
Moin Khan, the former Pakistan wicketkeeper, has said that Shoaib Akhtar has exposed Tendulkar's inability to play quality fast bowling during a fiery spell in the second Test at Faisalabad.
Moin wrote in a columnn for Press Trust of India that he believed Tendulkar's decision to walk when he was technically not out was a signal that the end of his career was approaching.
"The more I look back at his dismissal, the more convinced I get that the downhill journey for the little champion has started because it has been established that, according to the laws of the game, he was not out as the ball had made contact with the right glove that was not in play. What is even more mindblowing is that he did not look at the umpire and immediately started his long walk towards the pavilion," said Moin. "I am not willing to buy the theory that Sachin did not know the laws of the game. If Michael Kasprowicz knows them, then I am sure that after playing for 16 years at the highest level and having led his country for a couple of years, Sachin knows all the rules by heart.
"As a wicketkeeper, Sachin's controversial dismissal also reminded me of a few batsmen who preferred walking off the pitch on their legs rather than being carried away on stretchers when the great Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis were at their brilliant best."
However, Mushtaq Mohammad, the former Pakistani batsman, rubbished Moin's claims. "Sachin is a great batsman, one of the finest in the world, and we are all proud that he belongs to the subcontinent," said Mushtaq. "He has got at least five good years of international cricket ahead of him. He is fit and all he needs to do is get back into form."
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