In his interview to a private TV channel, Pakistan Express bowler Shoaib Akhtar said that he feels Virat Kohli and Wahab Riaz as the best batsman and bowler respectively, among the players currently playing the international cricket. He also expressed that the new generation has been missing the intense cricketing action between India and Pakistan in the absence of a bilateral series between the two neighbors.
“Its very depressing that there’s not even a single series between the two neighbors for years now. I’ve always felt that we could have played a bilateral series every now and then, against each other. When it comes to a India vs Pakistan match, everything is different. Generations have felt the pressure, anxiety that comes from this match and matured as cricketers. I personally feel that the discontinuation of the bilateral series between India and Pakistan is a big negative to everyone, from both the sides”, Shoaib said.
“Politics and sports are different. They must be treated separately and the bilateral series between the two countries should go ahead, at least from now”, he added.
Shoaib said that as of now he will be focusing on the India, Pakistan matches in the upcoming Asia Cup and expressed that he will be thrilled to watch how Pakistan’s bowlers tackle Virat Kohli. “Yeah, am eagerly waiting for the India vs Pakistan matches, like every fan does. I am excited to see how Pakistan’s bowlers deal with the Indian top order batsmen and in particular against Virat Kohli, who has been in a sublime form in the recent time”.
However, the pace bowler did not express the same opinion over the Indian bowlers. “India has always struggled, due to the lack of lethal pace bowlers. They should be properly mentored and nurtured right from their Under-16 days. If India does not do this, at least from now, then they may find it even difficult to win series away from home as most of the pitches abroad, does not support spin”, he opined. “But i think, its a different ball game when you come to the T20 tournament. Bumrah is performing well and i expect him to bowl with consistency as the games are in India. We have seen in their last series against Australia that batting has been their asset. This will make them one of the favorites for the World T20″.
India will play against Pakistan in the upcoming Asia Cup and ICC World T20 fixtures.