Pakistan’s “real anger” is in direction of New Zealand, not India, former fast-blower Shoaib Akhtar mentioned on Friday, because the facet had deserted their tour to the nation final month.
“Our real anger is with New Zealand. We will take it out on them, we have no issues with you (India),” Akhtar mentioned whereas speaking throughout “Salaam Cricket 2021”, based on India Today.
The former pacer mentioned the Virat Kohli-led squad could be below extra strain as in comparison with Pakistan, because the Babar Aza-led workforce didn’t have something to lose.
“There is a lot of pressure but it’s less on Pakistan because, first of all, the entire stadium is blue. That is yours. Your fans will be there, your broadcasters, we have no problems if we lose this,” Akhtar mentioned.
“On a serious note, I feel there is a lot at stake for India. If Pakistan bat first and make more than 180 runs, then trust me, the pressure gets to the biggest of players. If India can handle that pressure better than Pakistan, that’s fine, but what if Pakistan surprises you?” he questioned.
Speaking about India’s star batter and skipper, he mentioned luck was not on Kohli’s facet. It is pertinent to say that this T20 World Cup is Kohli’s final event because the captain.
“Captain’s luck is not favourable for Virat Kohli. I feel that Virat Kohli is such a great cricketer, a great guy, but somehow, as a captain, his luck is not striking. I hope it doesn’t strike on the 24th,” Akhtar added.
Pakistan are going to tackle their arch-rivals India in a blockbuster conflict on the Dubai International Stadium, on Sunday.