This claim has been strongly rebuked by a number of cricket statisticians on Twitter, with one posting a link to Cricinfo’s ball-by-ball coverage of the match, which shows no such appeal.
Respected cricket stato Rajneesh Gupta pointed out that Steyn only bowled three balls to Tendulkar in the 190s (the only balls he bowled to him after he passed the 150s) and none resulted in an LBW appeal.
The thread on Gupta’s post related to this has blown up, with commentators tweeting their dismay at Steyn’s false claims about India’s most beloved cricket son.
What a story,Mr. Steyn 👏👏
– You bowled 3 balls to #SachinTendulkar when he was in 190s. All 3 were played with the bat.
– These were the only balls you bowled to him after he crossed 150.
– None of the 31 balls you bowled to him in the entire match produced a close lbw shout. pic.twitter.com/wKWZFUWvaY
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) May 16, 2020