India Today Web Desk New DelhiJune 2, 2019UPDATED: June 2, 2019 23:53 IST Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram at Salaam Cricket 2019 in Lord’s statdium, London.HIGHLIGHTSWasim Akram and Sachin Tendulkar recalled early rivalry at Salaam Cricket 2019Tried sledging Tendulkar but we realised he would not react: Wasim AkramHe did not react to provocation from our pacers. Top batsmen do not react: AkramWasim Akram and Sachin Tendulkar made for a sensational session at Salaam Cricket 2019 at Lord’s on Sunday. Both the cricketing greats recalled their early days and walked down memory lane to live their intense rivalry on the field and warm friendship off it.Sachin Tendulkar Tendulkar and Wasim Akram were part of some memorable India-Pakistan rivalries in the past. The two men were involved in 4 World Cup matches in 1992, 1996, 1999 and 2003. Akram had retired by the 2011 World Cup where India and Pakistan met for the 5th time.Besides, Wasim Akram and Sachin Tendulkar had played in several other India-Pakistan contests. Like all gladiators, some days Akram finished on top while on others, Tendulkar came out the winner.At Salaam Cricket 2019, Wasim Akram revealed he and other Pakistani bowlers had tried sledging Tendulkar but said that made him even more dangerous.”Tried sledging Sachin Tendulkar but then we realised he would not react. Akhtar tried, Waqar tried. Some guys would get upset but Sachin would get more motivated,” Akram said.Wasim Akram said he had first heard of Tendulkar as a 16-year-old when he came to Pakistan with the Indian Test team.”I remember when India were about to come to Pakistan – we heard about a young sensation coming from India. And we thought how could a 16-year-old boy playing Test cricket be so good?”But he did not react to provocation from our pacers. Top batsmen do not react. I would get very annoyed when people smiled back… On that tour, Pakistan got to know who Sachin Tendulkar was. We realised this guy was something special,” Akram said.advertisementWasim Akram said Tendulkar will forever be regarded as the greatest batsman in world cricket and added no one would break his record of 100 international hundreds.ALSO READ | When Sachin Tendulkar decided to let Virender Sehwag sweat before 2003 World Cup clash vs PakistanALSO READ | Virat Kohli is blessed with a confidence like no one else: Viv RichardsALSO WATCH | Salaam Cricket 2019: Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Akram share warmth, old stories and a lot of laughsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow Salaam Cricket 2019Follow Cricket World Cup 2019 Salaam Cricket 2019: Tried sledging Tendulkar but realised it was futile, says Wasim AkramSalaam Cricket 2019: Wasim Akram said sledging Sachin Tendulkar only motivated him further and made him even more dangerous.advertisement
The Defence Secretary said that some countries had even placed restrictions on the sale of weapons to Sri Lanka and these issues had to be overcome through the skillful building up of diplomatic relationships with key regional allies as well as countries such as China and Russia. During the war the LTTE was able to influence the political leadership of many western states to be critical of the Government’s success on the war front Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said.Speaking at an event in Galle today, Rajapaksa said that the government had to face the challenge of resisting international pressure to stop the war. “In this regard, ensuring that the problems that led to the conflict in the first place do not arise again is critically important. Keeping some degree of security measures in place is essential. At the same time, the Government was very keen to remove whatever restrictions had to be in place during the war so that the people could feel the benefit of peace as fast as possible,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) “Without doubt, the most important country that had to be managed was India. Because of the political pressures in Tamil Nadu, the Sri Lankan situation has always been a very sensitive one in that country. In 1987, when the LTTE was on the brink of defeat during the Vadamarachchi Operation, India intervened and effectively forced the Government to stop its military campaign. In order to maintain the relationship with India and to prevent any such problem occurring this time around, the President went out of his way to keep New Delhi briefed on developments at all times. In addition, a special bilateral committee was set up at the highest level, including then Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa, Secretary to the President LalithWeeratunga and myself as Defence Secretary from the Sri Lankan side, and former National Security Advisor M. K. Narayan, then Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon and then Defence Secretary Vijay Singh on the Indian side. This troika had continuous discussions and ensured that any sensitive issues were dealt with as soon as they arose,” he said.He also said that in the long term, the primary challenge and responsibility of the Government is to restore stability to Sri Lanka. “I would like to remind the audience of the last minute visits of the Foreign Ministers of the United Kingdom and France, as well as the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General to pressurize the Government to stop the Humanitarian Operation. As a result of its vast international network, its extremely effective propaganda machine, and the large number of expatriate Tamils in many powerful foreign capitals, the LTTE was able to influence the political leadership of many western states to be critical of the Government’s success on the warfront,” he said.