Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar was known for terrifying batsmen through his extreme pace. No wonder he was regarded as one of the most dangerous bowlers.
The right-armer had the ability to deliver balls consistently at 150 kmph. However, during India vs Pakistan game in the 2003 World Cup, the seamer was hammered for 72 runs in his 10 overs for just one wicket by India batsmen.
Now, amid the lockdown, Star Sports is telecasting some of the most memorable contests between India and Pakistan. Recently, it showcased that classic game of 2003 WC. Watching the retelecast, Mohammad Kaif’s son Kabir opined that hitting Shoaib Akhtar is not as difficult as it is represented to be.
Kaif’s son, in fact, said that it’s easy to slam Akhtar as he bowled with much pace which was an advantage to batsmen. Former India cricketer revealed this on Twitter.
“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!” Kaif wrote on Twitter with a clip of his son’s reaction.
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
India went on to beat Pakistan with 6-wickets and Kaif played a crucial role in India’s memorable victory. After India lost Virender Sehwag (21) and Sourav Ganguly (0) early, it was Kaif who stitched a vital 102-run stand for the 3rd wicket with Sachin Tendulkar.
Kaif scored 35 off 60 balls, while Tendulkar missed out to reach his century with just two runs. Following their dismissals, Rahul Dravid (44 off 76 balls), and Yuvraj Singh (50 off 53 balls) added a 99-run stand to take India over the line.