Former Pakistan spearhead Shoaib Akhtar eulogized the Indian cricket team for being ruthless and utterly dominating New Zealand in the second T20I match of the five match series. Shoaib Akhtar also threw doubts on the attitude of the Kiwis and stated that Kane Williamson and Co literally gave away the match to India and had no reply at all.
“India is becoming a ruthless team as they once again proved it against New Zealand in the second T20I. If you (Kiwis) are being bowled out for such a modest total, how will you compete against a side like India which possesses a long batting line-up,” Akhtar said on his YouTube channel.
Shoaib Akhtar was full of praises for Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami and stated that the Indian fast-bowlers were looking to intimidate the batsmen and they didn’t shy off in making their presence felt.
“The Indian bowlers bowled short, they terrorised them, even aimed for their head. Never seen this confidence in Shami and Bumrah before. They have an aggressive mindset. They think - out to karna hi hai, ab inko maaro bhi. New Zealand underestimated the Indian pacers, they were committing too soon and hence, ball took the edge, they even got hit on their head,” Akhtar said.
“Also, Ravindra Jadeja doesn’t let you score runs and bowls some odd spins which and tests the batsmen,” the former Pakistan quick added.
Shoaib Akhtar also talked about the shape of world cricket and stated that there was no competition at the moment and there was no match to India’s ruthlessness.
“At present India is dominating the world one-sided. But what will happen to other teams? What will happen to world cricket?” he asked.
“When Australia dominated world cricket, at least India and Pakistan showed fight and tried to compete. However, what we are seeing in New Zealand is that the hosts have completely surrendered before India in the first t20 T20Is,” he added.