Former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri recently shared his honest thoughts on ace pacer Shaheen Afridi.
Pakistan’s current bowlers are unquestionably one of the strongest bowling assaults in all of cricket, and they are widely regarded as a force to be reckoned with. Pakistan’s bowling arsenal has been talked quite a bit in recent years thanks to top players like Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf leading the bowling attack and seasoned players like Hasan Ali providing a helping hand.
In game 12 of the ODI World Cup 2023, the same bowling attack was defeated by the dominating Indian batting. Pakistan’s bowling attack put up a poor showing, which caused them to endure a defeat to their arch-rivals India.
While doing commentary, Shastri opined that there is no need to give Shaheen that kind of hype and that he is no Wasim Akram. Furthermore, he also called out the entire bowling lineup of Men in Green.
“People tell me that Pakistan have a resounding bowling attack. Nakli baat hai ye sab (It’s not true at all). It’s not good, and you have to accept that. You don’t have Naseem Shah at the moment, neither you got a quality spin attack,” Ravi Shastri said on air.
“Shaheen Shah Afridi koi Wasim Akram nahi hai (Shaheen Shah Afridi is no Wasim Akram). I agree that he bowls with the new ball and picks up wickets but no need to give him that kind of hype. Something which is ok, you have to call it ok. No need to give them too much importance because this attack is not the best one,” he added.
India have won three matches in a row and will face Bangladesh in their next match on October 19. Pakistan will be looking to bounce back when they lock horns with Australia on October 20.