Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar was all praise for Indian spinner Axar Patel after the left-arm bowler played an important role in Team India‘s triumph over England in the recently-concluded Test series against England.
Axar ran riot against the English batsmen as he went on to take 27 wickets in the series. Notably, the 27-year-old got the call-up only because veteran all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was sidelined due to a thumb injury.
“Not only did he (Axar Patel) get a suitable wicket to bowl on, but he is a clever bowler too. He wouldn’t have given a chance to the English players when the control was in his hands, and that is what he did.
“If he keeps getting a few series like this, he might just become the fastest bowler to 100 wickets. Having said that, England should have played him better,” Akhtar said in a video on his YouTube channel.
Akhtar also came down hard on the English batsmen, saying that the visitors had more focus on the pitch than their batting. He highlighted that Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar batted on the same pitch where England batsmen looked clueless.
“While many might talk about the wickets in the series, but look how India scored 365. They also played on the same wickets, where the England batsmen struggled.
“If Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar can score runs, why can’t the English? With utmost ease, India has beaten England in the series, and sealed a spot in the final of the World Test Championship final,” Shoaib Akhtar explained.
“All in all, it was an embarrassing defeat for the England team, and they have got a reality check in India. But they need to now learn the art of playing spin in the sub-continent well. Not sure, how are they going to lift themselves up from this humiliating defeat and motivate themselves to play better,” Akhtar added.