From Eden Gardens to Centurion, Shoaib Akhtar has had many memorable on- field battles with Sachin Tendulkar and he feels that Mohammad Amir and Virat Kohli’s face-offs will also go down the cricket history as some of the epic duels.
“It used to be a challenge bowling to Sachin and I think the future battles between Virat and Amir will be as exciting as our on-field rivalry. The two are world class performers and when they are pitted against each other, it can’t get better than that,” Akhtar said.
“Virat is India’s best batsman and Amir’s inclusion has made Pakistan’s attack far superior. Whenever these two will be up against each other, it’s going to be fun,” he said,
Akhtar is proud that Amir’s redemption looks like complete and it bolsters Pakistan cricket.
“Let bygones be bygones. It feels good that world’s best fast bowler is back where he belongs. It fills my heart with joy to see Amir run in and bowl those brilliant deliveries. I feel relieved seeing him on the cricket field,’ Cricket Country reported.
“It’s just that we need to be a bit more aggressive in our bowling department. Amir would need support from the other end and Wahab needs to step up,” 40-year-old Akhtar seemed happy talking about Pakistan’s bowling future.
He termed Pakistan bowling better than India’s but the once fearsome fast bowler did mention that Jasprit Bumrah has been a welcome addition to the Indian squad.
He feels that India are certainly the favourites for World T20 but says the players need to remain fit and agile before the marquee tournament begins.
“Winning Asia Cup is important but one needs to keep all the players fit. The kind of carry that Mirpur strip provides can’t be the case on the Indian pitches. Those will be slower and fast bowlers will require to put in more effort,” he concluded.