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India lose because media put too much pressure on them: Shoaib Akhtar

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Former Pakistan’s speed-star Shoaib Akhtar India-Pakistan clash. The arch-rivals are all set to lock-horns once again on 2nd September, in Kandy.

Ahead of the marquee clash, Shoaib Akhtar has it’s own take on team India. Former pacer, thinks that India doesn’t lack talent. But their inability to handle pressure put on by their own media.

Shoaib Akhtar says,

Most of the times India does not lose because they lack talent, they lose because of the kind of pressure they get from their own media. And I always say this to Indian media to give the team some respect and cut them some slack. Why is there a need to build up so much pressure, I understand this because we’re insiders but ultimately this is the wrong thing to do,”

The last year I was in Dubai, I was doing a show for the Indian local channels, they painted everything blue, they bought the stadium. Also, they were talking about one thing – ‘team India will crush Pakistan’. Who builds this much pressure? When you make us the underdog, we (Pakistan) got nothing to lose because there is no pressure at all. So, what we’ll do is we’ll go out there and win,

Notably, Pakistan emerged victorious against the Men in Blue in the Super Four of the Asia Cup 2022, winning by five wickets at the Dubai International Stadium. In the ongoing Asia Cup, Pakistan outrightly dominated Nepal in the curtain raiser by 238 runs to win the contest. 

Shoaib Akhtar thinks both teams are even

Meanwhile, team India will look to commence their campaign with a win against Babar Azam’s Pakistan in Saturday’s blockbuster. However, another win for Pakistan would help them cement their spot in the Super Four of the ACC event. In recent times, we have witnessed some close encounters between the arch-rivals. Although, this will be first time both teams will face each other after 2019 World Cup.

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