‘Hitting Shoaib Akhtar must be easy’: Mohammad Kaif’s son after watching 2003 World Cup highlights
By: Sports Desk |

Published: April 7, 2020 8:58:50 pm

Shoaib Akhtar was fairly an aggressive bowler. (Source: File Photo)

Shoaib Akhtar, in his heyday, was the fiercest pacer to face with him bowling at 150 kph to batsmen fairly persistently. During the 2003 World Cup, he was at his prime, however nonetheless Mohammad Kaif’s son believes that hitting the retired Pakistan bowler “must be easy”.

In India’s conflict towards Pakistan in Centurion, Akhtar bowled with venomous tempo all through the second innings as India had been chasing 274. After the autumn of Virender Sehwag (21) and captain Sourav Ganguly (0), it was Kaif who had stitched an important partnership with Sachin Tendulkar within the six-wicket win.

Reliving that match along with his son, the previous India batsman posted a tweet with the caption, “Thanks to @StarSportsIndia, finally Kabir gets to relive that historic #INDvPAK game. But junior isn’t too impressed with Papa, says hitting @shoaib100mph must be easy since there is pace in his bowling. Kids today I tell you…phew!”

In the video shared on social media, Kaif’s son Kabir can be seen explaining why hitting Akhtar might not be tough. Incidentally, the retired pacer was the one who had dismissed the Master Blaster on 98.

In that high-octane encounter, Kaif made 35 from 60 balls and complemented Tendulkar properly in a significant juncture of the match. After the dismissals of Kaif and Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh carried on the run chase with their 99-run stand and completed the match within the 46th over.

*Relive all of the seven World Cup encounters between India and Pakistan here.

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