Shoaib Akhtar expressed relief that India lost to Bangladesh in their last Asia Cup Super 4 match in Colombo, despite Shubman Gill‘s century.
Shoaib Akhtar’s words can sometimes hit the cricket field as hard as his bouncers. The former Pakistani fast bowler, known for his enthusiastic comments, said he was relieved that India lost their last Asia Cup Super 4 match to Bangladesh on Friday. Bangladesh defeated India by six runs at Colombo’s R. Premadasa Stadium, knocking India out of Asia Cup 2023. Yes, India had rested their first eleven, including Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, and Jasprit Bumrah, but Bangladesh had made significant changes to their eleven and outperformed the giants in the tournament. It was Bangladesh’s first win against India in an Asia Cup match since 2012.
In response to Bangladesh’s 265/8, India was bowled out for 259 on the last ball of their innings – with Mohammad Shami getting run out – despite opener Shubman Gill scoring 121. After Bangladesh’s crucial win, Akhtar said it was a “shameful” loss for India, who had already secured their place in the final.
“India has lost. Shameful defeat. We can’t criticize much. Bangladesh is here to play. People were criticizing Pakistan, saying they were beaten. Sri Lanka is a good team, not an average one. It’s the same with Bangladesh here. They are all playing international cricket. Finally, there is some relief for Pakistan fans like me that India lost,” Akhtar said on his YouTube channel.
Akhtar’s comments came as Pakistan faced an essential task of winning against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup to make it to the final, a match they needed to win. India had already secured their spot in the final by defeating Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
“Before the final, this is a warning for India. You can’t take teams lightly after winning a few games. They didn’t disrespect anyone, but Bangladesh has come here to prove their point,” he added.
‘Keep your predictions for the World Cup’: Akhtar The former right-arm fast bowler also stated that there is no clear favorite for the upcoming One Day International (ODI) World Cup in India because any team could excel.
“We are saying that Pakistan and India are strong contenders in the World Cup. They will reach the semifinals with Australia and England. It’s not like that. Keep your predictions to yourself. A strong team like India lost to Bangladesh. Shubman Gill’s century also went in vain. Now, it’s anybody’s game in the World Cup,” he said.