Shoaib Akhtar reacts after Pakistan’s one-wicket loss to West Indies in the Jamaica Test

Shoaib Akhtar reacts after Pakistan’s one-wicket loss to West Indies in the Jamaica Test

Shoaib was clear-cut in saying that one can’t afford to drop catches at crucial stages.

Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar. (Photo Source: Facebook)

Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar wasn’t happy with Pakistan’s fielding during their opening Test against the West Indies at the Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica. The visitors went on to lose the match by one wicket after the Caribbean team chased down 168 in the fourth innings.

In the meantime, Pakistan didn’t make things easy for themselves by dropping two catches in the outfield. To start with, the short fine-leg fielder couldn’t catch hold of the ball as Joshua Da Silva got a reprieve. In the 52nd over, the visitors let go another chance.

Shaheen Afridi bowled a bouncer and Kemar Roach tried to hook the ball. Hasan Ali, coming in from deep square leg, reached the ball in time. However, to his dismay, he couldn’t latch on to the leather. The catch turned out to be crucial in the context of the game.

Shoaib Akhtar’s tweets

Shoaib was clear-cut in saying that one can’t afford to drop catches at crucial stages. He took to Twitter and wrote, “There’s a reason they say. Catches. Win. Matches!” In his second tweet, the Rawalpindi Express wrote, “Anddddd I repeat 🙂 Catches. Win. Matches Come on boys, one more!”

After Pakistan lost the game, Shoaib signed off. He wrote, “Chalo so jao. (Let’s sleep now)” A couple of days ago, Shoaib celebrated his birthday.

After the loss, Babar Azam, their skipper, said that the conditions were tough for batting. The Lahore-born batter stated that due to seaming conditions and the slow nature of the outfield, the Pakistan batters didn’t find the going easy in the middle.

He also admitted that dropping the two catches in the final session of the game didn’t help Pakistan’s cause by any stretch of the imagination. However, Babar praised Shaheen, Hasan, and Mohammad Abbas for their performances.

“It was difficult to score, it was swinging and seaming, the outfield was slow, and their bowlers bowled in the channel. We were patient and wanted to build a partnership. Hasan, Shaheen, and Abbas were good throughout, and we took our catches, but we did drop two in the final session which might have made the difference,” Babar said.

Here’s how the netizens reacted to Shoaib Akhtar’s tweets: