‘India proved who’s the boss’ – Shoaib Akhtar hails Team India on their T20I series win against Bangladesh
Akhtar was also all praise for Mohammad Naim and the Bangladesh team for their fighting spirit.
Updated - Nov 12, 2019 12:43 pm
India, led by Rohit Sharma, managed to emerge victorious in the three-match T20I series versus Bangladesh. The victory wasn’t an easy one for the Men in Blue as the Tigers made the hosts strain every sinew. To start with, a number of experts reckoned that the home team won’t be in for much of a fight after Shakib Al Hasan missed the series due to a ban from the ICC.
However, in the first T20I at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi, Bangladesh, led by Mahmudullah Riyad, came out all guns blazing. The visitors won by seven wickets and rung the alarm bells in the Indian camp. The second T20I was a rather one-sided affair as India stormed to a series leveler at the SCA Stadium in Rajkot courtesy of Rohit’s masterclass. The third T20I at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur was a witness to a closely-fought affair as the game went down to the wire.
Mohammad Naim’s 48-ball 81 kept India at bay for quite sometime before the hosts made a comeback and won by 30 runs. Deepak Chahar picked up the best ever figures in a Men’s T20I to help his team script glory. Shivam Dube also contributed with three wickets in crucial junctures of the encounter. In the first innings, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul scored big for the hosts.
Akhtar compares India with Pakistan of 90s
In the meantime, Team India drew praises from Shoaib Akhtar, the former Pakistan cricketer. In his latest episode on his YouTube channel, the Rawalpindi Express praised India’s team environment for their success. He also compared it to Pakistan’s successful batch of the 90s. Shoaib was highly impressed with how Chahar and Iyer stepped up and delivered in the hour of need.
Akhtar also had some words of wisdom for Rishabh Pant, who has been straining a wee bit, both as a keeper and as a batsman in limited-overs cricket. Shoaib didn’t miss out on lauding Naim and lauded Bangladesh for their fighting spirit without having two of their stalwarts in Shakib and Tamim Iqbal.
Akhtar didn’t forget to speak about the Pakistan team, which is scheduled to lock horns with Australia in a two-match Test series. Recently, the Men in Green slumped to a 3-0 whitewash at the hands of Sri Lanka and thereafter against the Aussies in the three-match series.