On Saturday, October 14, India cruised past Pakistan, as they beat the Asian Giant by seven wickets for the eighth time in the ODI World Cup. The contest has always been Pakistan's bowlers versus Indian batters. The fans of the Narendra Modi Stadium were expecting something similar. But India had a comfortable seven wickets win over their arch-rivals. After being invited to bat first Babar Azam's side could only score 191 runs. With Babar scoring the side's only half-century.
During India's chase, none of the Pakistan bowlers were effective against their batting. Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has slammed star pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi for his poor display in the ODI World Cup 2023 matches. Though the pacer picked two wickets of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill he seemed ineffective during the opening spell and could not create any pressure as runs kept on flowing.
Ravi Shastri believes Afridi is not Wasim Akram. He has been brutally honest about the fact that Pakistan has to accept that Shaheen is nothing extraordinary and just a regular bowler. Along with Shastri former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar also questioned Shaheen's bowling ability.
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just Ravi Shastri casually toasting opposition 😂 pic.twitter.com/9lxptlI2pL— sar (@sarxsxs) October 14, 2023
I agree that he bowls with the new ball and picks up wickets but no need to give him that kind of hype: Ravi Shastri
Sharing his views in the Hindi commentary box during the match Shastri said, "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."
"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."
India next faces Bangladesh on October 19 in Pune while Pakistan will meet five-time World champions Australia on October 20 in Chennai.