New Delhi: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar hits out critics for claiming that he praises the Indian cricket team only to earn more money and subscribers. On his YouTube channel, Akhtar said that he only speaks on things which he believes are right and that he is an unbiased analyst of the game.
Akhtar said “Just tell me one Pakistan YouTuber who does not praise India when their team does well. Ramiz Raja, Shahid Afridi all praise the Indian side when they do well. Tell me one thing, isn’t it right that the Men in Blue are in fact the number one side in the world, isn’t it right that Kohli is the number one batsman in the world”.
“I have played 15 years for Pakistan and have got all my fame playing for Pakistan. YouTube has not given be fame, Shoaib Akhtar was the fastest bowler in the world and people love me for that. Not only in India, traffic comes to a halt in Bangladesh, I have fans even in Australia,” he added.
He also said that the former Indian opener(Virender Sehwag) speaks in a carefree manner but his comment on him trying to pander to Indian audiences do not make much sense.
“An old video has gone viral. It has my old friend Virender Sehwag speaking. Well, Sehwag is a casual person and the way he speaks is not very serious. He said that Shoaib Akhtar speaks about India because he knows this will make him money. I have to say only one thing – jitna uske sar pe baal nahi hai, utne mere paas maal hai. I’m saying this in a very funny way, take it as a joke Viru,” Akhtar said.
He further added that he does not understand the problem people have when he gives his opinions on matter to cricket and that he played for Pakistan for 15 years and is not famous for just doing the YouTube thing. “ I was the fastest bowler in the world”, said Shoaib.