Former pacer Shoaib Akhtar has drawn a comparison between the current Indian team and the Pakistan side of the 90s, after the Men in Blue’s dominating win against South Africa in the second Test in Pune.
“Virat Kohli has stolen over Pakistan’s attitude. Like we used to have fun in the team and like we won in India in the 90s, Kohli is now doing the same,” said Akhtar. “Today, India has transformed into Pakistan and Pakistan has turned into India. It is really disheartening. We don’t want to see any cowards, we want brave cricketers.”
Former pacer also applauded the Indian team for clinching a record 11th-straight series triumph at home and rued the declining fortunes of the Men in Green in world cricket.
“Congratulations to India for becoming the number one team,” he said. “As a Pakistani, I want my country to do as good as India is doing, but until and unless we have brave people who also know about the modern-day game, we cannot do well.”
“I am not talking about myself. There are a lot of people like Younis Khan, Rashid Latif, Moin Khan, Mohammad Wasim who can take Pakistan cricket ahead,” he added.
Pakistan was clean swept three-nil by Sri Lanka in the recently concluded T20 International (T20I) series at home.