A former Pakistani speedster's lighthearted response to his country's humiliating defeat, "Only Shoaib Akhtar Could Do That," goes viral
At Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium, India defeated Pakistan by seven wickets to increase their winning record in the ODI World Cup to 8-0. With 117 balls remaining, India managed to chase down the target thanks to an 86-run innings from Rohit Sharma and an undefeated 53* from Shreyas Iyer.
Shoaib Akhtar, a former cricket player for Pakistan, recently uploaded a video to his YouTube channel complimenting the Indian team on their impressive performance. He gave Rohit his due for his outstanding innings against the potent Pakistani bowling attack.
The type of innings he produced left Pakistan's bowling attack embarrassed. He exacted revenge on the two previous seasons in which he was largely idle. Rohit Sharma is welcome back, and he did the right thing by smashing the bowlers, Akhtar remarked.
Akhtar offered his opinions on the recent India-Pakistan game while fusing humour and analysis. He started off by praising the calibre of Indian batsmen, especially KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma, and pointing out the notable difference between Indian and Pakistani batsmen when compared head-to-head.
"Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul radiate elegance. There is a big difference between Indian and Pakistani batsmen when compared head-to-head." The superiority of Indian batsmen over their Pakistani counterparts was emphasised by Akhtar.
Akhtar then mockingly claimed that only he, not the current players, could quiet a crowd of 100,000 spectators while mockingly expressing how easily India defeated Pakistan, practically like playtime.
India easily defeated Pakistan, making the match seem like playtime. Silencing a one-lakh-strong crowd of witnesses? You couldn't do that; only Shoaib Akhtar could. You're not capable of that at this time," the seasoned pacer remarked.
According to Akhtar, if India can avoid disasters in the semi-finals, they could be headed towards a repeat of the 2011 World Cup.
"I'm starting to think India is going to repeat the events of the 2011 World Cup. India has a good chance to win the competition if they can avoid the chaos in the semifinals, according to Akhtar.
Regarding Pakistan's lacklustre performance versus their bitter rivals India, Akhtar offered his thoughts.
"A really poor performance... a very poor performance. India thoroughly humiliated Pakistan today. One man army was Rohit Sharma. Where Rohit Sharma has been over the past few years is unknown to me. He has a broad range of shots and is a very significant player, according to Rawalpindi Express.
Akhtar criticised the team management's choice to play fewer batters and questioned Pakistan's team balance.
"What did Pakistan think by playing four batters, no middle-order, no spinners, no nothing," he stated.
He also emphasised the disparity in India's and Pakistan's performances, highlighting India's winning streak in the tournament. On October 19, India will take on Bangladesh, and on October 20, Pakistan will play Australia.