‘Not able to cough or sleep on tummy’- Tale of a Sachin Tendulkar injury from Shoaib Akhtar which went unnoticed

Sachin recalls his battle with an injury which he didn't notice and went on to play in Australia with it. Cause of Injury - Shoaib Akhtar.

Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar while talking in an Unacademy session, revealed that he carried an unnoticed injury with him. A Shoaib Akhtar delivery in the 2007 series which Sachin chopped onto his rib cage, wasn’t as bad at first. But when scans were done, it revealed another story.

An injury that didn’t allow Sachin to cough and sleep on his tummy also made it to the next series Sachin played in Australia, VB Tri-Series including Sri-Lanka. Tendulkar recalls-

“I got hit in my rib cage in 2007,” Tendulkar said during a session on Unacademy. “We were playing Pakistan in India and the first over itself I got hit in the rib cage off a Shoaib Akhtar ball. It was quite painful. For a month and a half or two months, I was not able to cough or sleep on my tummy.”

He stated, “But I continued playing like that and had designed my chest guard. I played the remaining four ODIs and the Test series. Before going to Australia as well, I played whatever cricket there was.”

It was with the help of a doctor who revealed that Tendulkar had a broken rib. “When I went to Australia, I played the whole series – we played the VB series and towards the end of it, I had a groin injury. I came back to India and we did a full-body scan. At that time, it was the doctor who told me about it,” Tendulkar said.

“I did not ask him about my rib, I was worried about my groin injury because the IPL was going to start. But I couldn’t get fit in time and missed the first seven matches. But the doctor told me that there was a hotspot. You must have broken your rib at some stage. It troubled me for two months,” he added.

Batting maestro has had a horrible time with injuries, be it his fractured ankle, back spasms, or tennis elbow.

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