India has got a 1-0 lead after winning their first Test match against South Africa in Visakhapatnam. Mohammed Shami’s five-wicket haul helped India to register their first win in the three-match Test series. After the conclusion of the first Test match, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar opined about the performance of Mohammed Shami and Rohit Sharma.
On his Youtube channel, Shoaib Akhtar said that Rohit has now become the great Test batsman. He will now reach new heights in Test cricket, Akhtar opined.
“Rohit Sharma is hitting hundred after hundred and I have been saying that Rohit should be in the Indian Test team. From here, he will become a great Test player. Rohit the Test batsman will only grow,” Akhtar said.
Shoaib Akhtar reveals that Shami called him to take advise
Shoaib Akhtar opened up that Shami called him to take advise after the World Cup. Akhtar advised Shami to work on his fitness. Akhtar said that Shami has followed his words and now everyone can see his performance.
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“After India’s (50-over) World Cup disappointment, Shami called me up one day and said he was feeling sad that he could not do well for India. I told him not to lose heart but maintain fitness. The home series is coming and you will do well I said,” Akhtar said.
On the fifth day, the visitors had a big target to chase. At the starting of the day, Ashwin picked the first wicket and then it was the turn of Mohammed Shami. Shami picked crucial wickets of the Proteas and halted them to score runs. South Africa was bundled out at 191 runs and India won the first match. The pacer Shami’s bowling style helped India registered their first victory.
Shoaib Akhtar is happy with the performance of the pacer and names him as the king of reverse swing.
“I told Shami that I want him to become a tearaway pacer, running through batting line-ups. He has seam and swing, besides that he has a reverse swing which very few bowlers in the subcontinent have. I told him you can become the king of reverse swing,” said Akhtar.
“Now, you see what he has done, he has got wickets from a docile pitch (in Visakhapatnam). I am very happy for him,” said the 44-year-old.”
Sad for my country
Akhtar also expressed that he is sad because the player’s from his own country didn’t take advice from him.
“Sadly, our Pakistani fast bowlers don’t ask me how they can improve their bowling but the Indian bowlers like Shami are doing that. It is a sad scenario as far as my country is concerned.”
Meanwhile, Pakistan has lost its second T20I against Sri Lanka in the home ground. So, Sri Lanka has secured their victory in the three-match T20I series as they are leading it by 2-0 with one to go. The third T20I is scheduled to be played on 9th October at Lahore.