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Rapid bowlers have an attacking mindset and can make excellent captains: Shoaib Akhtar

Former Pakistan rapid bowler Shoaib Akhtar backs Rohit Sharma to be the Indian workforce’s subsequent Check captain. In a talk at the sideline of the Legends Cricket League, which is being performed in Oman, Akhtar spoke to The Indian Specific on quite a lot of problems, together with why it’s improper that rapid bowlers don’t seem to be checked out as doable captains.


At one time in Pakistan, rapid bowlers like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis had been captains. Just lately Pat Cummins used to be given the duty of main Australia. Will Jasprit Bumrah make a excellent captain? Why doesn’t the sector consider rapid bowlers as captains?

It’s believed that batsmen are smarter than rapid bowlers. On the other hand, it’s no longer the case. Each are excellent. Motivation is top in rapid bowlers as they need to end the fit by way of taking wickets. Rapid bowlers have an attacking mindset. I’ve at all times believed that batsmen have a defensive mindset. Pakistan and India began the observe of appointing rapid bowlers as captains in Nineteen Eighties and 90s. Kapil Dev used to be a quick bowler too. The short bowlers’ (effectiveness) has been taken clear of cricket by way of striking restrictions (box restrictions, restrictions on bouncers). That’s why cricket is taking place at the moment.

Why do you suppose Virat Kohli gave up captaincy?

We all know what is going on to him and who’s doing it. I don’t wish to say anything else. He captained for six-seven years. I used to be no longer in prefer of his captaincy. I simply sought after him to stay scoring loads. Let him simply focal point on his batting. Let him simply ranking runs now.

Who is a great selection as Kohli’s successor?

I feel Rohit Sharma will be the proper selection in the intervening time. It’s excellent if he doesn’t succumb to this power.

You had a knee factor and plenty of rapid bowlers have confronted an identical problems post-retirement. How have you ever coped?

I had a large number of issues of my knees publish my enjoying days. I need to do surgical treatment and can do it within the coming months. My best recommendation to kids is to coach laborious and get well laborious.

Devendra Pandey is in Muscat at the invitation of the Legends Cricket League

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