Wasim Akram excited about Indian batsmen’s fight against Aussie quicks
December 28, 2011
Wasim Akram excited about Indian batsmen’s fight against Aussie quicks – Cricket News Update
Former Pakistani skipper, Wasim Akram, has cited Indian batsmens’ upcoming battle against the Australian fast bowlers as ‘an exciting event’ to watch.
Australia and India are up against each other for a four-match Test series, beginning on Monday in Melbourne. Team Blue has a strong batting unit including Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, but their stats on bouncy tracks are not impressive.
Hence, Wasim believes that despite the absence of the teen sensation, Pat Cummins and all-rounder Shane Watson from the Aussie bowling attack, the Kangaroos will give a tough time to the Men in Blue.
“Australia will not give flat decks for Indian batsmen to thrive. Their fast bowlers bowl at 145 km/hour and above. If all three of them bowl at an average speed of 147-148 consistently then Indians will definitely find it tough. How they cope against it will be riveting to see,” said Akram.
Peter Siddle, James Pattinson and fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus will be the men in-charge of the pace bowling department during the opening game. Wasim felt that on a green-top wicket at MCG, the trio will be a mighty threat for the Indian batting line-up.
On the other hand, many cricket analysts earlier urged selectors to axe the two veteran batsmen, Michael Hussey and Ricky Ponting, who have underperformed recently.
A few days ago, the former skipper, Allan Border, stated that following Australia’s humiliating loss against New Zealand at Hobart ‘one of the old boys will go’.
However, Wasim has put its weight behind the duo, and explained that Ponting and Hussey are still dangerous batsmen.
“I understand Ponting is short of runs. I understand he is 37, but so is Sachin (Tendulkar). If Ponting and Hussey stick around in the middle for 45 minutes or one hour, they will get back to form straightaway,” added the legendary pacer who is world’s second highest wicket taker in the 50-over leg of the sport – 502 scalps in 356 games.