After India registered a ginormous victory against Australia in the four-match Test series, Pakistan batting legend Zaheer Abbas has credited the domestic structure of Indian cricket to provide a talented bench strength.
India’s win is being remarked as the greatest because they played without most of their senior players. Their premier pacers Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav were injured during the series while Jasprit Bumrah also missed the last Test because of injury. But the bunch of young, debutants and inexperienced Test players guided India to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020-21.
Zaheer Abbas believes India is reaping rich rewards for the investment it made in its cricketing structure in the last decade, a testament of which is its recent historic triumph in Australia.
“That has happened because India has invested and planned on their cricket structure a lot in the last decade and today they are reaping the benefits of that hard work,” he added.
The former captain lamented the decline of Pakistan cricket and said hard work was the only solution to success.
“In cricket, I have always believed that it is how much hard work and time an individual player is willing to put into his game that matters the most. No amount of coaching or advice can make you a top player unless you work hard on your game yourself,” Abbas was quoted as saying in a show on Geo TV.
Zaheer Abbas called on Pakistani cricketers to work more:
Zaheer Abbas, fondly called ‘Asian Bradman’ for his high-scoring feats, also noted that India’s triumph in Australia was all the more praiseworthy because it came in the absence of their regular captain Virat Kohli and many senior players, who were sidelined with injuries.
Stating that there was no substitute for hard work, Zaheer Abbas called on Pakistani cricketers to work more on their individual games.
“In our times we didn’t have specialised coaches, just mentors. We were expected to work hard and devote time to our training and nets if we wanted to become big players,” he said.
Meanwhile, India will next play the full-fledged series against England at home while Pakistan will be playing bilateral series against South Africa.