India’s Test series against England will start next week. The visitors will play five-Test matches against England and would be hoping to win the series after facing a disappointing result in 2018. India will hope that fast bowlers are in form as they look to win the first Test series in England since 2007.
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar advised the Indian pacers to hit the right length to take wickets. He also stated that England will have the edge against Virat Kohli & Co.
“The English bowlers have an edge, especially Archer and Anderson. We all know the history between Anderson and Virat Kohli. Of course, they have the upper hand as they are playing in their home conditions.”
“The aggression of the fast bowlers is in their length. People think that I was aggressive because of bowling bouncers, but no. I was aggressive because I was constantly hitting the right areas, and with the pace, with the variation in pace. So, whoever goes in from the Indian side(plays in the Test series), just remember to hit the deck with a lot of aggression and a lot of pace. And keep doing this variation throughout, which is the most important thing.”
Akhtar added that bowlers should not leave the length once they find it against the Englishmen.
“Once you find your aggression in length, then don’t let that go. Make sure you have your match on within your brain, not with the batsmen. It is my skill that is going to outsmart you out there. This is the mindset that you should have. It’s not about people who are holding the bad days or enemies of yours, no, it is your skill which is your best enemy, who is not letting you or allowing you to display that talent. In order to display that talent, you have to go through the pain barrier.” said Akhtar.