Former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar said that he observed the way they played in the continuous New Zealand T20I series showing a new confidence in India’s fast bowlers Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah.
Akhtar said that the batsmen in New Zealand underrated India’s pacers in the 2nd T20I in Auckland on Sunday and that Shami and Bumrah had begun instilling confidence in opposition batsmanship.
Akhtar’s comments came from gun spells against New Zealand in Indian comfortable 7-Wacket winning by Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah.
Bumrah also hit Kane Williamson on the helmet while collecting Ross Taylor’s wicket. The spearhead of India was 1/22 as Shami remained wicketless but only took 22 runs in his spell of 4 over.
Shoaib Akhtar said in the YouTube video, “I have seen Bumrah and Shami have seen a new development now because they have started to create fear for the opposition batsmen.
Shoaib Akhtar also said that India became a formidable team, but questioned whether they were worthy adversaries who could challenge their worldwide cricket supremacy. Akhtar pointed to the domination of Australian teams from the 1990s and 2000s by India and Pakistan.
At least India and Pakistan struggled and tried to compete as Australia dominated the cricket world. In New Zealand, however, the host surrenders in the first t20 T20Is absolutely to India.
India is becoming a ruthless side once again, as they showed in the second T20I against New Zealand. If you (Kiwis) are bowled to such a modest amount, how will you perform against a side like India that has a long line of fights?
Have seen Bumrah and Shami’s new confidence as they have now begun to make the opposition batsmen fearable. Even, Ravindra Jadeja doesn’t encourage you to get some crazy spins and test the batsmen. New Zealand underestimated the Indians, they committed too early and therefore the ball took the edge.
- Shoaib Akhtar said Shami and Bumrah are instilling fear in opposition batsmen’s minds
- Akhtar said India is turning into a ruthless winning machine
- India is currently leading 2-0 in a 5-match T20I series vs New Zealand