"There's No Need To Overhype Wasim Akram Is Not Shaheen Afridi," says Ravi Shastri, criticising the Pakistani bowler, saying that "he's good but not great
The Pakistan cricket team was humiliated by their arch-rivals India, losing by seven wickets at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Saturday.
Once more, the team captained by Babar Azam was below average in certain situations as they were unable to interrupt India's winning run in the major competition.
The players and supporters did not anticipate the performance they would put on in the crucial match, as they went from 154/2 to being all out for 191 in 42.5 overs.
The Pakistani team lost in just 31 overs despite having a modest target to defend, as their attack only managed to claim three Indian wickets.
Their best bowler, Shaheen Afridi, removed skipper Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill with two wickets.
By the time he got rid of Rohit, the brilliant opener had virtually completed his task and India's victory was beginning to seem inevitable.
Ravi Shastri, a well-known commentator and former cricketer for India, posted his analysis of Shaheen during the match when Rohit was batting in the 80s.
Shastri was heard to say that Shaheen was being overhyped and that the left-arm pacer was nothing special, unlike Wasim Akram.
"He bowls well and can get a wicket when the ball is new." However, you have to acknowledge that Pakistan's spin bowling is of this calibre if Naseem Shah is not available," Shastri stated in the match commentary.
Wasim Akram is not Shaheen. Although he is a competent bowler, we don't need to give him as much attention as we do. If a player is just a good player, then that is all the praise we should give him. He's not a great player, we have to acknowledge that)," he continued, chastising Shaheen.
Shastri had earlier noted that the high-stakes match in Ahmedabad would be determined by the struggle between Shaheen and the Indian openers.
Shastri stated, "I think Shaheen Shah Afridi against the Indian openers (is important)."
"It goes without saying that that will be the challenge and the test. The winner of that will have a significant influence on the terms used in that game.
Shastri added that a big score for India might be in the cards if either Virat Kohli or Rohit gets a hundred.
"I believe Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will be crucial at the top. He continued, "I emphasise that 300, 320, 330, that is very much a possibility if they both get going and one gets a hundred."
After defeating formidable opponents like Australia and Pakistan early in the competition, the Men in Blue secured the top spot with six points for their third straight victory.