Why Should I Not Praise Indian Players And Virat Kohli? : Shoaib Akhtar
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Why Should I Not Praise Indian Players And Virat Kohli?: Shoaib Akhtar

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Shoaib Akhtar. Photo Credit: AFP.

Former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar has always been candid praising the Indian team and players, for which he has faced criticism from the people of his country often. Shoaib Akhtar has always been infamous for his controversies on and off the field. The Rawalpindi Express is recognized as the fastest bowler in the history of cricket, delivering a world record owing to a top speed of 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph), which came in a pool match against England during the 2003 World Cup.

Shoaib Akhtar was feared by batsman whether rookie or veteran. However, he was also banned for the use of performance-enhancing drugs and was accused of ball-tampering during his career.

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“Why should I not praise Virat Kohli, who is the best around right now,” says Shoaib Akhtar

The former Pakistani pacer says when Virat Kohli is the best there is and there is no comparison to him, then why shouldn’t he praise him. He also said that there was a time when Indians wanted to be like Pakistan players but now the tables have turned.

“Why should I not praise Indian players and Virat Kohli? Is there any player in Pakistan, or all over the world, which comes close to Kohli? I don’t know why people are angry, they should go look at the stats first before criticising me,” Shoaib Akhtar told Cricket Pakistan

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“There was a time when Indians wanted to be like Pakistan players but now it’s the other way around.” he added.

England vs Pakistan T20I series ends as a 1-1 draw

The last match in the T20I ended as a win for Pakistan, as England failed to chase the 190 runs on the board. England had won the toss and chose to field. Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez scored a stellar knock of 86 runs from 52 balls and was named as the Player of the Series.

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The test series was won by England 1-0 after two matches were drawn due to rain. Shoaib Akhtar criticised 34-year-old Pakistan batsman Asad Shafiq who didn’t look at his best in the test series against England.

Asad Shafiq looks lost on the field and does not know what to do. Whenever he is out there, it looks like he is playing his first Test,” he said. “Even after playing so many Tests, we have failed to make him a star.”

Babar Azam captained the Pakistan side in the T20I series. The first match in the series was abandoned due to rain, and the second was won by England who chased Pakistan’s 195 total with ease. Pakistan’s tour of England ended with a 1-0 loss in the Test Series after two matches were drawn due to rain and a draw in the T20I series.

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