Shoaib Akhtar hits back at Virender Sehwag over chucking allegation

Shoaib Akhtar

Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has hit back at former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag over his chucking allegations.

Earlier this week, the former Indian batter made a huge statement, saying the world’s fastest bowler knew he was chucking. During an episode of ‘Home Of Heroes’ on Sports18, Virender Sehwag stated that it was difficult to pick the ball while facing Shoaib Akhtar.

“Shoaib knows he used to jerk his elbow; he knew he was chucking too. Why would ICC ban him otherwise? Brett Lee‘s hand came down straight, so it was easy to pick the ball. But with Shoaib, you could never guess where the hand and the ball will come from,” Sehwag had said.

Now, the former Pakistan pacer has responded to the swashbuckling batter’s statement. Akhtar advised against making statement which can “disturb the harmony between India and Pakistan.”

If there’s scope for improvement in relations between the two countries, I should be able to play that bridge. I request Sehwag to be mindful while making such statements in the age of social media. I would request Virender Sehwag not to make such statements. If he knows more than the ICC, then I would agree with him. But that is his opinion. Rest, I can’t say much about that,” the world’s fastest bowler said.

Despite the nasty comments, Shoaib Akhtar said he doesn’t feel bad about it. He wished Virender Sehwag best of luck and added that just like everyone else, the Indian is ‘entitled to his own opinions and thoughts.’ Furthermore, the former fast bowler stated that he would be very cautious about what he says.

“I would not make any statement on any player who has played at the national level, which hurts that person’s reputation in any way,” he stated further.

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