Former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar believes that Indian bowling attack lacks depth and quality. He was adamant that they had to find good bowlers as they are reliant on Ashwin to get them out of jail every time.
While talking to ABP news he said “There is no depth in the bowling attack. Once Ashwin bowls his quota of four overs, there isn’t anyone who could run through opposition batsmen. They don’t even have the fast bowlers to run through the batting line-up. Indian team’s drawback is fast bowling and the second spinner,”
Shoaib wanted Indian to change their setup and combinations in T20 if they wanted to improve their standard and backed Rahane instead of Rayudu to be in the T20 side. He added”With Mohammed Shami unfit and Umesh Yadav not selected, they didn’t have any inspiration. The Indian team I believe needs to change their approach towards how they play T20 cricket and Dhoni should check the combinations that he is trying out. Ajinkya Rahane should play instead of Ambati Rayudu,”
He was alos critical of the timings of the matches and said that “I believe they could have altered the timing of the matches which would have suited them and perhaps the result could have been different. I believe if they play three spinners during ODIs which is their strength, they would win the ODI series,”
He also condemned the anger shown by the Indians during the match and strongly criticized the crowd’s behavior “I can understand the anger amongst fans and I am not saying that it is not justified when your team plays that badly. But throwing bottles is no way to vent your anger. Indian cricket has an image and these kind of incidents sends a very wrong message to the cricket community,”