Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has been amongst the first cricketer from the neighboring nation to react to India’s humiliating batting display against Australia. India collapsed on the third day of the first Test against Adelaide after being in a position of advantage, managing only 36 runs before Australia chased down the ultimate target of 90 to win by eight wickets. Shoaib Akhtar felt relieved that India broke Pakistan’s record of 49.
Back in 2013, Pakistan also produced an embarrassing display of batting against South Africa in Johannesburg. South Africa’s pace barrage, led by Dale Steyn proved too much for the men in green as they succumbed to 49, lasting 29.1 overs. Dale Steyn, who became the man of the match was the chief destroyer, took six wickets while Jacques Kallis and Vernon Philander also took two each.
Shoaib Akhtar revealed that he woke up and thought that the score was 369 before rubbing his eyes and saw that the score was 36/9. The 45-year old labelled it as a terrible performance from India and called it as an embarrassing performance from India’s mighty batting line-up.
“I woke up and the morning and switched on the TV. Could not see the match yesterday night. I saw India had put 369 on the board. Then I rubbed my eyes and saw carefully, I saw it’s 36 and there is slash before 9 and one is retired hurt. Embarrassing loss. Embarrassing batting, world’s mighty batting crumbling down,” Akhtar said as quoted by India Today.
So, mighty India come crumbling down: Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar felt most glad about the fact that Virat Kohli’s men broke their record with their substandard batting performance. At the same time, the Rawalpindi Express also said that such things happen in the game of cricket and India has to cop whatever criticism comes their way.
“They broke our record also. 36 all out! This is disgraceful performance, it’s terrible. But happiest that they broke our (Pakistan’s) record. Anyways, this happens in cricket. Bare it and bare the criticism, this is going to happen to you now. So, mighty India come crumbling down. This is bad news,” he added.