Shoaib Akhtar Asks Indian Fans to Stop Criticizing Their Team
India’s World Cup campaign ended when they fell short of New Zealand’s 239/8 on Wednesday. Chasing 240 to win, the Men in Blue lost their top-notch batsman, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul on 1 run each. When the Indian scoreboard was 92/6, versatile player Ravindra Jadeja joined MS Dhoni in the middle. The duo added a 116-race partnership for the seventh wicket, putting India within reach to reach the final. However, Jadeja came out for 77 and Dhoni was evaded by Martin Guptill to a brilliant shot.
Former Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who is very active on social media, asked fans not to criticize Team India, believing that they had played remarkably well throughout the tournament. The men in blue have won seven of their 10 games played in the tournament while they have lost only two. One of their games, which was also against the Black Caps, was eliminated.
Akhtar also praised Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni for keeping their camp in the hunt. He said Dhoni you are an absolute legend. With your game today, you have proven that you are an excellent batsman and a great brand ambassador for the team. But unfortunately, that has changed. A dive would have changed him. India, you were so close. but so far away.
“But hats off to India. India has resisted very well. You’ve made yourself very proud. Jadeja, you saved grace. It was a poor performance by the top five players. Rohit had a brilliant ball. However, I think Virat Kohli was unlucky, his decision having been wrongly made. The ball was just mowing the balls and it was handed over by the referee on the field. The other batsman also didn’t show any intention until Jadeja arrived and played superbly. So did Dhoni, who kept India hunting. It was unfortunate that Jadeja came out of a ball that he could have hit for six minutes. And if Dhoni had dived, who knows, he would not have missed and would have allowed India to cross the finish line. “