Former Pakistani speedster, Shoaib Akhtar recently opened up on the ongoing debacle in Indian cricket following the surprise resignation of Virat Kohli as test skipper. Akhtar claims that Indian coach Rahul Dravid has a big task at his disposal as the Indian team finds itself at crossroads.
No, Indian cricket is not going down: Shoaib Akhtar
“I don’t know what (BCCI president) Sourav Ganguly and other people think. But Indian cricket is definitely at the pinnacle point (crossroads),” Akhtar told PTI on the sidelines of the Legends League Cricket T20 tournament.
For the first time since Kohli took over the captaincy, India lost all the series in a tour. Under Kohli, India won at least one series during an overseas tour.
“No, Indian cricket is not going down. You have to take control of the situation. Rahul Dravid has a big job in his hands.
“I hope people don’t say that he’s an overrated coach. He has to prove that, and obviously he has big shoes to fill in the place of Ravi Shastri. He has a big task ahead, let’s see how he performs.”
Shoaib Akhtar saw the divide in the Indian team during the T20 World Cup
Shoaib Akhtar further claims that he saw the divide in the Indian team during the T20 World Cup in UAE. Hence, Akhtar wasn’t surprised by Kohli’s decision to step down as skipper.
“I knew that was coming. I was in Dubai during that time and I knew every bit of it. I knew the whole scenario and what was happening in the Indian dressing room from my friends in India.
“There were people against him. So I wasn’t surprised at his decision to quit. It’s not an easy job,” said the ‘Rawalpindi Express’.
“These are testing times for him, he will have to come out stronger. He will have to keep things simple, work harder and play his normal cricket.”
• Shoaib Akhtar says Dravid will have to prove himself that he is not an overrated coach.
• Shoaib saw the division in the Indian team during the T20 World Cup.