Shoaib Akhtar Criticizes Afridi and Pakistani Team: 'Rohit Humiliated Pakistan' in World Cup Defeat

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Shoaib Akhtar Criticizes Afridi and Pakistani Team: ‘Rohit Humiliated Pakistan’ in World Cup Defeat

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Rohit Sharma, the Indian captain, has garnered widespread acclaim from the cricket community, not only from Shoaib Akhtar, for his exceptional batting performance against Babar Azam’s Pakistan during the 2023 ICC World Cup. This remarkable display occurred on a Saturday at the Narendra Modi Stadium, further solidifying Rohit’s impressive track record in the One Day International (ODI) World Cup held in India.

Rohit Sharma, an experienced opener, showcased a dazzling array of strokes, rendering the bowling attack led by Shaheen Shah Afridi utterly ineffective. Demonstrating his leadership and prowess as a captain, Rohit led India to a resounding seven-wicket victory, inspired by the brilliant performance of Jasprit Bumrah, during the 12th matchday of the ICC World Cup in Ahmedabad. In a 50-over contest, Pakistan managed to muster only 191 runs, and their defeat was sealed in just 30.3 overs. The victory was largely shaped by half-centuries from Shreyas Iyer and Rohit Sharma.

Reflecting on Pakistan’s demoralizing loss to India on his YouTube channel, Shoaib Akhtar praised Rohit Sharma as a one-man army. Akhtar commended the manner in which Rohit not only avenged his relatively modest performance in the past two years but also humiliated Pakistan’s bowling attack. Akhtar celebrated Rohit’s decision to aggressively take on the bowlers, emphasizing that there was no need to delay finishing the game until the final overs. According to Akhtar, Rohit Sharma’s authoritative batting left the bowlers thoroughly dismantled.

Shoaib Akhtar had raised questions about Rohit Sharma’s form when facing Pakistan in major cricket tournaments. In a remarkable response to his critics, the Indian captain, Rohit Sharma, delivered an exceptional performance, scoring 86 runs from just 63 balls in India’s memorable victory over their arch-rivals at the largest cricket stadium. Rohit’s match-winning innings included six fours and six maximums, showcasing his exceptional batting prowess.

Prior to the highly anticipated World Cup clash with Pakistan, the 36-year-old Rohit Sharma had set numerous records by achieving his 31st century in One Day Internationals (ODIs) against Afghanistan. Under Rohit’s leadership, an undefeated Indian team handed Pakistan their first defeat in the 2023 World Cup. This victory extended India’s winning streak to eight matches against Pakistan in ODI World Cups.

Expressing his thoughts on Pakistan’s performance, Shoaib Akhtar remarked, “It was a disappointing performance, a very disappointing performance. Today, India completely outclassed Pakistan. Rohit Sharma was a one-man army. It’s remarkable to see his resurgence, especially after his relatively quieter last couple of years. He is a player of immense stature with a wide array of shots, making him a complete batsman and a vital asset to the team.”

The host nation, India, is scheduled to face Bangladesh in the 17th match of the ICC World Cup on Thursday, further enhancing the anticipation and excitement surrounding this prestigious tournament.

Reference:

https://www.indiatoday.in/amp/sports/cricket/story/world-cup-2023-india-vs-pakistan-rohit-sharma-shoaib-akhtar-ahmedabad-2449183-2023-10-15

https://www.crictracker.com/cricket-news/rohit-sharma-humiliated-pakistans-bowling-attack-shoaib-akhtar/

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