Growing up is optional, Aakash Chopra takes a dig at Abdul Razzaq’s claims
"Bumrah is a baby bowler in front of me," Razzaq had said.
Updated - Dec 5, 2019 1:31 pm
Former cricketer Abdul Razzaq has stirred up a major furore on social media. The all-rounder was at it again recently, when in a TV interview, he downplayed Jasprit Bumrah‘s credentials as the premier fast bowler of the world of the current era.
The former cricketer went on to say that he has faced a plethora of high-quality bowlers like Glenn McGrath, Dale Steyn, Brett Lee, and that he would have had absolutely no problem in countering Bumrah’s threat, even terming him as a ‘baby bowler’. He also claimed that he would’ve easily dominated Bumrah with his batting.
“I have played against great bowlers like Glenn McGrath and Wasim Akram, so Bumrah is a baby bowler in front of me and I could have easily dominated and attacked him,” Razzaq was quoted as saying by Pak Passion.
Naturally, social media went ablaze and in no time Abdul Razzaq was trending all over Twitter. And, one of the best replies to his claims came from former Indian opener and now commentator Aakash Chopra. Chopra quoted news on Razzaq’s claims which he captioned as, “Another fine example of the fact that growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional. Well played. ”
Another fine example of the fact that growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional. Well played 🙏😝 https://t.co/yLQE6U0KRw
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 5, 2019
Abdul Razzaq has been giving absurd statements for a long time now
Abdul Razzaq, since his playing days got over, has become infamous for his obnoxious comments. He had earlier claimed that Ahmed Shehzad was a better batsman than Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar and then went on to say that Mohammed Shami (since he is a Muslim) was the only Indian who was trying help Pakistan in India’s World Cup fixture against England; a game India had win to ensure Pakistan stayed in the tournament.
In the same interview, Razzaq even downplayed the skill levels of the current generation of players. According to the Pakistani, real cricket existed between 1992 and 2007 when there were world-class players and none of them possesses such calibre and quality today.
“If you speak to players from 1992 to 2007, they will tell you what cricket was. There were world-class players at that time. Now there are no longer world-class players. There is no depth in bowling, batting or fielding. It is all basic now,” Razzaq had said.