Mumbai: Former India captain Ajit Wadekar on Saturday dismissed claims of former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi that batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was trembling while facing fast bowler and compatriot Shoaib Akhtar as a remark 'borne out of frustration'.
Controversy-prone Afridi has backed his ex-teammate Akhtar's claim in his autobiography "Controversially Yours" that Tendulkar was uncomfortable against his pace, saying he (Afridi) had once witnessed the Indian batsman "trembling" while facing the pacer.
"He (Tendulkar) was scared of Shoaib. I have seen it myself. I was fielding at square leg and saw his legs trembling when Shoaib came on to bowl," Afridi told reporters in Karachi today without elaborating as to which match he was referring to.
The former India captain said the two Pakistan players are doing it get cheap publicity.
"I think it is all a result of frustration. He's talking about someone who has scored 99 international hundreds and has got runs all over the world," Wadekar told PTI while reacting to Afridi's comments in Pakistan.
"The Indian board is doing well, the Indian team is doing very well barring one series (in England). As a country we are doing very well economically. On the other hand they (Pakistan players) can't play much (because of refusal of other countries to tour)," Wadekar said.
Asked whether Tendulkar should react to Afridi's comments, and the tall claims made by his one-time teammate Akhtar in his book, Wadekar said "Why should he? Who are these two in front of Tendulkar? They were not in good terms with their own board (PCB)".
"Thank god Don Bradman is not around playing now or even his credentials would have been questioned to get cheap publicity," he remarked with a laugh.