During the early 2000s, there have been numerous occasions when Mohammad Kaif and Shoaib Akhtar participated in the high-octane Indo-Pak cricket matches.
The two were involved in various duels at the international level, especially in coloured clothing. Be it the famous Centurion match at the 2003 World Cup, or the bilateral competitions in Lahore, Mohali or Rawalpindi, the two have entertained the ardent supporters with their riveting contest over the years.
Fast forward to 2020; Kaif Junior witnessed how his dad weathered the storm after early wickets of Sehwag and Ganguly, through the repeat telecast of the 2003 WC match at Centurion amid lockdown.
‘Thanks to @StarSportsIndia, finally Kabir gets to relive that historic #INDvPAK game. But junior isn’t too impressed with Papa, says hitting @shoaib100mph must be easy since there is pace in his bowling. Kids today I tell you…phew! #QuaranTime #LifeInLockdown,’ tweeted Kaif recently.
Shoaib Akhtar then asked Kaif for a cricket duel between the two kids, Kaif’s son Kabir and his son, Mikael Ali Akhtar. “Toh phir @MohammadKaif match ho jaaye Kabir aur Mikael Ali Akhtar ka? He’ll get his answers about Pace. Haha Give him my love.”
Thanks to @StarSportsIndia, finally Kabir gets to relive that historic #INDvPAK game. But junior isn't too impressed with Papa, says hitting @shoaib100mph must be easy since there is pace in his bowling. Kids today I tell you…phew! 😅#QuaranTime #LifeInLockdown pic.twitter.com/N3uiTZ0PQ7
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 7, 2020
During one of the group stage matches in the 2003 World Cup, Akhtar delivered a ball which crossed the 100-miles per hour barrier (161 kmph). England’s Nick Knight faced the thunderbolt from the fastest bowler ever produced.
However, his extra pace was no match to the batting abilities of Sachin Tendulkar, Mohammed Kaif, Yuvraj Singh and Rahul Dravid as India chased down the total set by Pakistan.
India holds a prestigious record of 7 wins over Pakistan in the World Cup. Pakistan, on the other hand, is yet to figure out how to get past their arch-rivals in the multilateral tournament.