India vs Pakistan: Former Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram went on air to admit that Pakistan’s 2017 Champions Trophy triumph was ‘fluke’. This statement comes after the Men in Blue thrashed Pakistan by nine wickets in the Asia Cup Super Four match. Akram is not the only person who is upset with the lacklustre performance of the men in Green, but voices from Pakistan have vented anger after their loss to Rohit Sharma’s India.
Commentator and great bowler in his prime, the 52-year-old Akram spoke straight without beating the bush and accepted who is the better team. Mind you, India had defeated Pakistan in the group stage match as well. The win in the group stage was India’s best over Pakistan ever in terms of balls to spare and in the Super Four stage, the Men in Blue got their most comprehensive victory over the arch-rivals in terms of wickets.
Speaking to Aaj Tak from Dubai, Akram said: “I played for Pakistan for 20 odd years. I never thought I would live to see this day. The way we got thrashed… one-sided games. We need to play less against the low-ranked sides. I am all promotion of the game… one off it’s fine. But going to Zimbabwe, playing five one-days, three T20s. What is Pakistan team gaining from these tours? Nothing. They go and score runs there, hit double hundreds, but when they play good bowling, good teams, they come under pressure. We need to strengthen our team and play good teams in their home.”
Akram added: “These defeats will at least get Pakistan rid of their Champions Trophy nostalgia. There is no relevance of the Champions Trophy win which came one-and-half years ago. India’s main player Virat Kohli didn’t even come and God knows what would have happened had he been around.”