The Super 12 match in T20 World Cup 2022 between India and Pakistan was one of the most enthralling matches in the history of the game. India chased down the target of 160 runs, thus winning the match by four wickets off the last ball of the game. After the game, former Pakistan pacer, Shoaib Akhtar was all praise for the Pakistan team, on his YouTube Channel.
Akhtar commended the heroes of Pakistan – the likes of Iftikhar Ahmed and Shan Masood, whose half-centuries steadied the innings after they had lost openers cheaply – and then their pacers Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah, who rocked India early reducing them to 31/4.
In the video on his Youtube channel, Shoaib Akhtar said, “Pakistan has done marvelously well. India did really well… they won one of the best matches in history. It was a complete World Cup match. It had everything- dropped catch, run-out, no-ball, controversies, stumping. World Cup has just started, World Cup begins only when India-Pakistan plays and the two teams will face off again. Pakistan will see India again, later in this World Cup.”
Shoaib Akhtar had reserved humongous praises for the star of the evening, Virat Kohli, for his once-in-a-lifetime knock of 82 not out off 53 balls. Many hailed Kohli’s innings as the best of his best T20 knock, including the Player of the Match himself. And Akhtar, who has always been vocal towards his support for the Indian stalwart even during his low phase, termed it the ‘biggest’ performance of his life.
The fiery pacer explained, “When you’re down, self-confidence has to be revived and when confidence gets consolidated, the character gets channelized and Virat Kohli is a personification of the same) Akhtar pointed out. He played the biggest innings of his life). He could play the knock because he had self-belief and character).”
Shoaib Akhtar then came up with an unexpected take on Kohli regarding the star India batter’s T20I career. He elaborated. “He is back with a bang. I want him to retire from T20I because I don’t want that he puts his entire energy in T20I cricket. With similar commitment like today, he can score three centuries in ODIs.”