Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has urged his country’s national team to follow in the footsteps of India captain Virat Kohli.
“I have seen India team evolve. Pakistan had a forte of playing aggressive cricket, we did not use to be timid. We used to be aggressive and be up for the fight. Let’s compare our skipper to India’s skipper. Both Misbah-ul-Haq and Azhar Ali should come up with ways to make Pakistan’s team better. The roadmap should be to get better than Virat Kohli’s side,” Akhtar said on his official Youtube channel.
The Rawalpindi Express, while elaborating on his point, also cited the example of then Pakistan skipper Imran Khan and his rigid fitness regime.
“(Virat) Kohli is a fitness freak and his team completely looks up to him. If the captain is agile and sets such standards, the side will obviously follow. I believe this thing used to be there in our side when Imran Khan was the captain. He came to the ground, did not listen to anyone, used to run ten laps around, take 20-25 sprints. He then bowled in the nets for three hours. It was compulsory for the rest of the players to come and do the same,” he expressed.
“Imran Khan was not a tactical captain, but he knew how to gather match-winners. Now India is doing the same, see Kohli’s attitude, he plays with a lot of intensity, the players follow the captain. India has strict rules to ensure players’ conduct both on and off the field,” Akhtar added.
Pakistan, led by Azhar Ali, won the second Test against Sri Lanka on Monday, by a huge margin of 263 runs, Akhtar felt the Green Brigade needs to replicate the show.
“Pakistan needs to be fearless. In this team, you have to inculcate brotherhood, players need to look after their fitness. Pakistan is currently playing well against Sri Lanka. We need to replicate these performances,” Akhtar said.
“We need to play good and fearless cricket. Our players need to be aware of the situation of the game. Pakistan needs to promote talent, especially in batting. You should not worry about the age of a player.”