Wasim Akram Reacts After Starc Demolishes India’s Top Order


India’s top-order batsmen battled against Mitchell Starc’s excellent left-arm pace. Wasim Akram, the best left-arm pacer of all time, chimed in with his thoughts on the struggles of the Indian batters.

Wasim Akram believes that the angle from which left-arm pacers deliver the ball makes it difficult for batsmen. Not only Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma, but some of the world’s finest batsmen have struggled against quality left-arm pace.

See, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul; all these guys are great players. It’s not just them who get trapped to the left-armer’s angle; others fall too, especially when the ball comes in,” Wasim Akram explained.

The problem of India’s top order has once again come into focus. Left-arm quicks like Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi, and Trent Boult have already crushed India in critical games with fierce spells.

Wasim Akram hails Mitchell Starc as one of the greatest fast bowlers

Wasim Akram reacts after Starc demolishes India's top order
Wasim Akram reacts after Starc demolishes India’s top order

Akram heaped praises on Starc as one of the best fast bowlers in history. Wasim Akram also pointed out that a bowler of his caliber has the upper hand over any batting line-up. The series decider will be played in Chennai on Wednesday.

Mitchell Starc set the stage for Australia’s stunning 10-wicket win against India in the second ODI. The left-arm pacer ripped down the Indian batting order, returning with a five-wicket haul (5/53) to restrict the hosts to 117 in 26 overs.

Starc’s victims included Shubman Gill (0), Rohit Sharma (13), Suryakumar Yadav (0), and KL Rahul (9).  In the first ODI, Starc troubled the Indian top order, picking up three wickets in the visitors’ five-wicket defeat.

India was bowled out for 117, their lowest total against Australia at home before succumbing to their biggest defeat in ODIs, as Australia chased down the score in 11 overs. Wasim Akram, however, was not too hard on Indian batters despite a poor display of batting.

Rohit Sharma backs Suryakumar Yadav despite a lean ODI form

Rohit Sharma backs Suryakumar Yadav despite a lean ODI form
Rohit Sharma backs Suryakumar Yadav despite a lean ODI form

Suryakumar Yadav was defended by skipper Rohit Sharma after the conclusion of the second ODI. The World No. 1 T20I batsman got two back-to-back golden ducks in the ODI series against Australia.

Rohit responded to those who questioned him about the Indian batters failing against high-quality left-arm pacers by questioning why they don’t make a fuss about their shortcomings against right-arm pacers.

Suryakumar Yadav got pinned in front by an inswinging Mitchell Starc delivery in the opening ODI in Mumbai. The dismissal in the second ODI in Visakhapatnam appeared to be a highlight from the series opener.

Suryakumar Yadav has only scored more than 50 runs once in his last 15 One Day Internationals innings. So far, Suryakumar has only two fifty-plus scores and an average of 25.47 in 22 ODIs.

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