Former India opener Aakash Chopra has praised the Pakistani bowlers’ performance against Bangladesh on September 6 night.
Chopra highlighted how “top-class” the Pakistan bowlers were in not letting Bangladesh even cross 200 on a flat Lahore track which seemed ideal for batting. Rauf was the pick of the bowlers with a frugal four-for (4/19 in six overs), while Naseem returned with figures of 3/34 and Shaheen 1/42.
“It was a very flat track and the Pakistani trio Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Naseem Shah bowled incredibly well to pick up wickets there. Their fast bowling is absolutely top-class. They didn’t even let Bangladesh reach a target of 200 in an absolute road like surface,” said Chopra while hosting JioCinema’s daily sports show #AAKASHVANI.
‘If they have pace, we have batsmen who can utilize that pace’ – Abhishek Nayar ahead of India-Pakistan clash
“If they have pace, we have batsmen who can utilize that pace. We have seen how Virat Kohli batted in the World Cup. I don’t think anyone has an upper hand; both teams are very good. But we all know that under pressure, India has always performed better, and I expect the same in the near future,” Nayar said.
“They might have a slight upper hand in their bowling department, and we also have injury concerns. Their three fast bowlers, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Naseem, all bowl around 150 km/h so in terms of bowling, they seem a bit better. We can watch these matches as a showdown between the best bowling line-up and the best batting line-up.”