Karachi: Former speedster Shoaib Akhtar said that Babar Azam had faced his threatening deliveries quite bravely in the nets.
Akhtar replied on Babar’s latest interview on Cricbuzz where he shared his experience of facing Akhtar at the age of 15. The right-handed batsman was quoted saying “I remember, there was a camp for the emerging players or Pakistan A and our U-15 team was also called for it. Shoaib Akhtar would come there at times, towards the end of the camp to bowl for a bit. One day, he asked for a batsman to bowl at and Mudassar Bhai asked him to take me. So I got ready and was quite excited. Shoaib told me, ‘Kid, I will pitch the ball full, just block it, don’t drive’. I said okay. I blocked the first two balls but drove the third one.”
“I kept doing that, block two balls, and drive the third one. He was like, ‘Get me a new ball, I will show him’. Immediately, Mudassar Bhai told me, ‘get out of the nets or he will kill you’,” he added.
In reply, Akhtar said “He was talented then, he is talented now. Babar Azam faced me quite bravely in nets.”
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) June 11, 2020