Shoaib Akhtar has offered hilarious advice to Pakistan about defeating India in Sunday’s bumper T20 World Cup match in Dubai-the T20I World Cup 2021 opening game for both teams.
Speaking exclusively, the former Pakistani pacer jokingly remarked that Babar Azam and co. should give sleeping pills to Indian players before the match. He also asked them to stop Virat Kohli from using his Instagram and even requested team mentor, MS Dhoni, not to come and bat himself.
Shoaib Akhtar Hilariously Advices Pakistan To Give Sleeping Pills To India But Adds Seriously That Pakistan Should Start Well Giving A Defendable Total
Virat Kohli has scored 169 runs from three innings against arch-rivals. In all those three innings, he remained unbeaten. 78* off 61 balls (2012), 36* off 32 balls (2014), and 55* off 37 balls (2016) were his scores against Pakistan in the T20I World Cups. Virat Kohli has been India’s highest run-getter against Pakistan in T20Is. He has scored 254 runs from six innings at 84.66 with two fifty-plus scores and a strike rate of 118.6.
The 40-year-old MS Dhoni’s new role as a mentor of Team India is limited to the T20I World Cup. MS Dhoni is the most successful captain in white-ball cricket with all 3 ICC titles – 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 World Cup, 2013 Champions Trophy- in his cabinet. In addition, he’s led IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings to victory in the IPL in 2010, 2011, 2018, and 2021.
Shoaib Akhtar said: “Give sleeping pills to India first. Second, stop Virat Kohli from using Instagram for two days (chuckles). And third, ask MS Dhoni to not come to bat himself, I am telling you he’s still the most in-form batter.”
Shoaib Akhtar then spoke on a serious note, offering his actual advice to Pakistan. He asked the Pakistan openers to provide a good start, avoid dot balls and pace their innings. He also asked the bowling attack to be aggressive while defending a good total.
Shoaib Akhtar added: “Pakistan needs to open in a manner where you can get a good start. Then, Pakistan will have to avoid dot balls, play run-a-ball for 5-6 overs then take the strike rate up. And when it comes to bowling, if you have a good total, then make sure you are out there and take wickets.”
India has won seven of their eight T20Is against Pakistan, with five of those coming at the World Cup. However, the Men in Green are yet to win a World Cup game, be it T20Is or ODIs, against their arch-rivals. It’s worth noting that Pakistan is yet to beat their arch-rivals India in a World Cup game in 12 encounters across the T20I and 50-over editions.
Shoaib Akhtar Picks The Player To Watch Out For In The India-Pakistan Match
The former pacer said: “Asif Ali strikes well in the lower order. I think he can be a player to look out for.”
The much-anticipated match will kickstart at 7:30 PM IST in Dubai. Pakistan announced their 12-man squad for the India clash in Dubai. The Pakistan team management decided to include senior and experienced cricketers in the XI for blockbuster India vs Pakistan clash scheduled to take place on October 24 (Sunday).
From the 15-man complete squad, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Mohammad Nawaz, and Sarfaraz Ahmed did not make the cut. Therefore, the 12 men who remain in contention are Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, and Haris Rauf.