Shoaib Akhtar, the former Pakistani fast pacer known as “Rawalpindi Express” invited ex Indian batsman Virendar Sehwag on his personal YouTube channel to share some insights into the biggest World Cup match of 2019 – Pakistan vs India. Akhtar welcomed Sehwag with a set of praises for the former Indian opener before clarifying the fact that both of them share a great bond of friendship and dispelled any notion of misunderstanding, hard feelings or enemity between them.
“He is the one who used to terrorise us bowlers and make fun of them apart from being a match winner for his team,” Akhtar said about Sehwag. “He is a very good friend of mine. I don’t know why people think we hate each other and that we are fighting all the time.”
Akhtar also went on to mention that Sehwag is a very down to earth man.
At the beginning of the show, Sehwag sheds light on how Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the Indo-Pak clash due to a minor hairline fracture.
“He won’t be able to play for three matches at least. I would really like to see Rishabh Pant play in place of Dhawan because they both have similar styles of playing,” Sehwag added. “He can also handle spinners very well.”
Further on, Akhtar, the fastest bowler Pakistan has ever produced, shed some light on the Pakistan pace attack and also asked Sehwag about his opinion pertaining to them.
“I convinced the management to give Wahab Riaz a chance because only a pacer can throw in-swingers,” said the Rawalpindi express. “I told Mohammad Aamir to start running fast during his run-up otherwise there is no point of bowling.”
Responding to Akhtar’s claims, Sehwag contended that Pakistani bowlers were always good and the cricket world termed it a contest between Indian batsman and Pakistani bowlers. “Whether it was Imran Khan and Aqib Javed’s time, Wasim and Waqar or Aamir, Riaz and Hassan Ali – the Pakistani bowling line up was always better.”
Towards the ending, the host of the show, Akhtar asked Sehwag to share his verdict about the clash of the titans.
“I don’t think Pakistan has any chance to beat India on June 16,” relayed Sehwag. To which, Akhtar responded by saying that, “I have a feeling Pakistan might edge India out if they win the toss.”
We wish both the teams a very good luck! Each time there is a Pakistan versus India game, individuals' feelings are high and there's a great deal of energy on the field and among the fans. Chief adversaries India and Pakistan are booked to secure horns in the exceedingly foreseen round of the ICC World Cup 2019 on June 16 at Old Trafford, Manchester.