Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar was seen irritated by an Indian Journalist. The Pakistani pacer did a pre-show discussion before the blockbuster Asia Cup 2022 game between India and Pakistan.
The story goes way back to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 where former Indian batter Virender Sehwag had asked Shoaib Akhtar to bowl a bouncer to the God of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar. Just after bowling a short ball bouncer, Sachin had whacked him for a six, and then Sehwag said;’ Baap Baap Hota hai.
In 2010 Sehwag admitted that he had made this statement. India & Pakistan can be seen as having one of the fiercest rivalries in the history of Cricket. But in the case of Shoaib Akhtar & Virender Sehwag, it looks like there is unnecessary attention given to them. Shoaib Akhtar has said many times that he denies such a conversation happened in that course of time.
Shoaib Akhtar & Journalist Conversation
Journalist: “Woh toh pata hain hume ki Viru ne aapko kaha tha ki ‘Baap baap hota he, aur beta, beta’. Uske ilava aise kuch incident jo kisiko na pata ho aur aap aaj bara exposé karte hai? “(We know that Sehwag had made that ‘baap baap hota hai’ comment but can you share any other incident related to the India-Pakistan match?)
Shoaib Akhtar: “First thing, agar yeh cheez usne mere muh pe boli hoti toh woh bachta nahi. Mujhe nahi pata usne kab kaha yeh aur kis waqt kaha. In fact ,maine khud usse ekbar pucha tha ki aise koi statement di hai ki nahi. Usne seedha bola ‘nahi’. Dusra baat yeh hai, aap jo program kijiye, aap zarur baatein kijiye, bara khusi ka mauka he but kaam qabil e izzat ho. Main sabka izzat karta hu, aap logon ki izzat karta hu.
Bohut badi fan following hai India mein. Aur main humesha koshis karta hu ki aise baat na karu jisme do mulk ke beech zyada faasle badhe. And I’m not liking this one bit. I’m being very honest with you. Usne yeh kaha, usne yeh kaha. Let’s come back to cricket. Bohot si ache baat kar sakte hai. I request you. Jis tarah yeh program hota he woh ache nehi lagta mujhe, wohi cheez baar baar repeat karna”. (If he had said this to my face then it would have been very difficult for him. I don’t know when and where he said this. I had even asked him once in Bangladesh whether he said this or not then he had denied it. Secondly, we should celebrate these occasions and talk about cricket rather than doing these. I respect India a lot, I respect you too and I never say such things which may create differences between the two countries.)
Watch: Shoaib Akhtar Angry at Indian Journalist
Shoaib Akhtar is on fire ??? pic.twitter.com/A1XtrmveZN
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Shoaib Akhtar on Virender Sehwag
Two years back, in an interview on Pakistani news channel ARY news, the veteran cricketer had said: “Would he survive after saying something like that to me? Would I leave him? I would beat him up at the ground and then at the hotel. The story has been made up.”
Akhtar has been quite vocal regarding these. It won’t be wrong to say that the media houses should stop riling this issue as the India vs Pakistan rivalry is somewhat getting damaged. India & Pakistan recently just played a thriller of a match where both the spectators were stunned.