Shoaib Akhtar Feels Quality Of Cricket Has Deteriorated In The Last 10 Years

Shoaib Akhtar believes the current group of batters are lucky as they have not faced the likes of Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, and Shane Warne, and himself in the international arena. In an exclusive chat, former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar spoke at length on various topics. He was asked to give his views on how much the sport of cricket had evolved over the last few years. Shoaib Akhtar: Batsmen Nowadays Are Fortunate Not To Face Shane Warne, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, And Shoaib Akhtar Shoaib Akhtar opined that only the batting shots had evolved but there was no improvement in the quality

Shoaib Akhtar Feels Quality Of Cricket Has Deteriorated In The Last 10 Years

Shoaib Akhtar believes the current group of batters are lucky as they have not faced the likes of Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, and Shane Warne, and himself in the international arena.

In an exclusive chat, former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar spoke at length on various topics. He was asked to give his views on how much the sport of cricket had evolved over the last few years.

Shoaib Akhtar. (AFP Photo)

Shoaib Akhtar: Batsmen Nowadays Are Fortunate Not To Face Shane Warne, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, And Shoaib Akhtar

Shoaib Akhtar opined that only the batting shots had evolved but there was no improvement in the quality of the game. He felt the majority of the current batters would fail to tackle the spin of Shane Warne and the pace and swing of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and himself.

“The game of cricket has not evolved. The shots have evolved, but the quality of the game has deteriorated in the last 10 years. Today’s batsmen are fortunate not to face the likes of Shane Warne, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and me,” replied Shoaib Akhtar.

Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shane Warne
Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Shane Warne. Image Credits: Twitter

When it comes to Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper has been praised by many for his tremendous batting ability. The captain has faced many deadly bowlers, but former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar feels that Virat Kohli would have enjoyed it if he had played against the likes of Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Shane Warne.

Shoaib Akhtar: Fan Following Of Cricket Has Gradually Decreased

Shoaib Akhtar also spoke about how the fan following of cricket has gradually decreased over the years. He pointed out that the big matches of the ICC events drew big numbers in terms of viewership, but they were not consistent.

The 45-year-old tried to explain the reason behind the decline and said there were no ‘characters’ left in the sport now despite the presence of many star batsmen like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Joe Root, Kane Williamson, , and Steve Smith and pacers like Mitchell Starc, Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah and spinners like Nathan Lyon, and Ravichandran Ashwin.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma. Twitter

“The deterioration has happened. The viewership of the game has not increased but it has come down because the characters of the game have gone. People are saying there’s more viewership, but how is there more viewership? There’s no viewership for Test matches. 600 million might have watched the Champions Trophy match, but that was a one-off,” Shoaib Akhtar concluded.

Shoaib Akhtar further observed that the viewership has also suffered a drip because the major “characters of the game have gone” away from the game. He pointed out that there have often been talks of Test cricket suffering due to a lack of interest from the younger audience, and that only a few big games in ICC events gain viewers’ attention.

As for Shoaib Akhtar, the fast-bowler who bowled at an express pace claimed 178 Test wickets in 46 matches, 247 wickets in 163 One-day Internationals, and 19 wickets in 15 T20 Internationals for Pakistan before retiring from international cricket in 2011.

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Danish Kaneria, a former Pakistan leg-spinner feels the Indian team that is touring Sri Lanka (to which he referred to as India’s B team) has been performing exceedingly well. He has been impressed with the way has infused confidence in chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav.

Team India dominated Sri Lanka in the first ODI and sealed the series with a thrilling win in the second game. Danish Kaneria feels the way this Indian team is playing, they also have the capability to beat a full-strength Pakistan side if the two play against each other which isn’t happening nowadays due to political tensions across the borders.

Danish Kaneria (Image credit: Twitter)

Danish Kaneria: Even This India B Team Can Certainly Beat Pakistan

Half-centuries from Ishan Kishan and Shikhar Dhawan helped India register a comfortable 7-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first ODI. Stand-in skipper Shikhar Dhawan led from the front with an unbeaten knock of 86 and he was well supported by Prithvi Shaw (43) and Ishan Kishan (59) as India chased down the 263-run target comfortably at the R Premadasa stadium.

Yuzvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Yuzvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Earlier, after winning the toss and electing to bat Sri Lanka posted a competitive total of 262 for nine from their allotted 50 overs. With the ball, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, and Deepak Chahar all picked up two wickets apiece. Prithvi Shaw, for his explosive cameo, was adjudged player of the match.

“The way this Indian team is performing, the way Rahul Dravid has worked with the Indian team he deserves all the praise. The way he has motivated Kuldeep Yadav, even this India B team can certainly beat Pakistan,” Danish Kaneria said on his YouTube Channel.

After impressing in the first ODI with two wickets, Kuldeep Yadav went wicketless while giving away 55 runs in the 2nd ODI. Likely to get another chance in the third ODI, Kuldeep Yadav needs more wickets if he is to keep his confidence high. Yuzvendra Chahal followed his impressive figures of 2/52 in the 1st ODI with even better figures of 3/50 off 10 overs in the 2nd ODI.

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Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar's 8th wicket partnership saw India home in the 2nd ODI vs Sri Lanka (BCCI)
Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Image Credits: BCCI

Danish Kaneria feels the Indian players will get accustomed to the pitches in UAE and playing in these conditions will definitely give them the required practice before such a big tournament. The former Pakistan spinner has tipped India and West Indies to make it to the final of the T20 World Cup. Both teams are doing well on sluggish pitches and this could certainly be the case in the UAE.

“India are not playing any limited over cricket before the T20 World Cup but playing IPL will keep them in good stead. I think it will be India vs West Indies in the final,” Danish Kaneria concluded.

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