Former Pakistani bowler Wasim Akram has reacted to the controversial statements made by former Indian cricket and commentator Ravi Shastri regarding sensational bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi.
For the unversed, after the clash between India and Pakistan, where the Pakistani pacer was taken to cleaners by the Indian batters, Ravi Shastri made a controversial remark and compared him to former bowler Wasim Akram. Shastri said although the pacer is good and often claims wickets with the new ball but he is not Akram. He had said:
“He is a good bowler, he can claim a wicket with the new ball. But you have to admit it, if Naseem Shah is not playing and the quality of Pakistan’s spin bowling is like this, then Shaheen Shah Afridi koi Wasim Akram nai hai! Acche bowler hai.”
“Lekin itna bhi jyaada chadane ka koi zaroorat nahi hai. Jab hai theek thak, toh bolna chahiye woh theek thaak hai. Chadha ke nahin bithana chahiye ki bohot zabardast hai. Yeh nahi hai! Yeh maan na padega.”
Well, Shashtri’s statement went viral and as expected it triggered many.
Wasim Akram Reacts To Ravi Shastri’s Bold Remark Against Shaheen Afridi
Meanwhile, legendary Player from Pakistan Wasim Akram, with whom Shastri drew Shaheen’s comparison has finally reacted to the viral statement. In his latest interview, Akram was asked about Ravi Shastri’s remark, replying to which he said that Shaheen Afridi is one of the best pacers in the world right now.
However, he also admitted that Shaheen is currently not in his best form. Speaking on A Sports, Akram said:
“I read about it. Ravi is a good friend of mine, that’s his opinion. If you want to draw comparisons with any top bowlers of the world, Shaheen is one of the best right now. ”
“He may be out of touch, low on confidence but he will make a comeback. He is young. He gets his rhythm back when he plays Test cricket, he starts taking wickets. He is on the right track.”
Talking about Shaheen Afridi, the Pakistani pacer made a brilliant comeback as he picked five wickets against Australia and silenced all his critics in style. He is currently plying his trade for Pakistan in the game against Afghanistan.