January 16, 2021

‘He would play me simply’: Shoaib Akhtar names India batsman who was tough to play towards – cricket



Many Indian batsmen over time have been on the receiving finish of Shoaib Akhtar’s deadly tempo, but it surely turns on the market’s at all times been this one batsman, whom the previous Pakistan fast feels didn’t have a lot bother batting towards him. Judging by Akhtar’s claims up to now, it’s positively not Sachin Tendulkar and a have a look at movies on YouTube would counsel it wasn’t Sourav Ganguly both.

Mohammad Azharuddin and VVS Laxman, the 2 Indian cricketers with essentially the most silken wristwork wouldn’t be Akhtar’s decide both, and although Virender Sehwag and MS Dhoni by no means had a lot bother towards Akhtar’s tempo, the Rawalpindi Specific is speaking about another person totally. Which leaves us with one title. That’s proper, it’s Rahul Dravid.

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“If a batsman used to play, like Rahul Dravid, we’d bowl him size balls. From near the stump we’d goal on the hole between bat and pad, attempt to hit the ball on the pad,” Akhtar mentioned in a chat with Aakash Chopra on his YouTube channel.

Akhtar went on to disclose an incident concerning Dravid and the way he and former teammate Shahid Afridi considered a plan to get The Wall out. Akhtar didn’t precisely point out the match however by his description, the previous pacer appears to be pointing in the direction of the ultimate of the Pepsi Cup within the yr 1999 that concerned Sri Lanka because the third group. India and Pakistan made it to the ultimate, the place chasing a 292 to win, Ajay Jadeja-led Indian group had misplaced early wickets.

“There was a last match in Bangalore, I had dismissed Sadagoppan Ramesh early, we took 3-Four wickets early. Sachin Tendulkar was not enjoying. Shahid Afridi and I mentioned Rahul Dravid will take loads of time and it’s Friday evening as we speak. Afridi mentioned bowl one thing and take his wicket else he’ll play for lengthy,” Akhtar recalled.

“I hit him straight on the pad and urged the umpire to boost his fingers. I even mentioned it’s our Friday evening. He didn’t give the choice in our favour however we had gained ultimately. Dravid was a tough and decided batsman. It was tough for me in addition to him. He would play towards me simply.”