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‘He would play me simply’: Shoaib Akhtar names India batsman who was troublesome 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 all the time been this one batsman, whom the previous Pakistan fast feels didn’t have a lot hassle batting towards him. Judging by Akhtar’s claims up to now, it’s undoubtedly not Sachin Tendulkar and a have a look at movies on YouTube would recommend 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 choose both, and regardless that Virender Sehwag and MS Dhoni by no means had a lot hassle towards Akhtar’s tempo, the Rawalpindi Categorical is speaking about another person solely. 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 stated 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 direction of the ultimate of the Pepsi Cup within the yr 1999 that concerned Sri Lanka because the third crew. India and Pakistan made it to the ultimate, the place chasing a 292 to win, Ajay Jadeja-led Indian crew 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 stated Rahul Dravid will take plenty of time and it’s Friday evening at present. Afridi stated bowl one thing and take his wicket else he’ll play for lengthy,” Akhtar recalled.

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



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