Pakistan great Wasim Akram slams Arshdeep Singh and Kagiso Rabada over their performance in PBKS’ last IPL game against LSG which Punjab Kings lost by 56 runs.
Wasim Akram Slams Arshdeep Singh
Both Arshdeep Singh and Kagiso Rabada gave more than 50 runs in their allotted 4 overs and failed to restrict the run flow.
Punjab Kings won the toss and opted to bowl first where LSG’s KL Rahul and K Mayers opened the inning. LSG batters smashed the ball all around the ground and scored 257 runs at the end of the 1st inning.
Though Punjab King’s batters made a descent game they failed to chase the target and lost the game by 56 runs. Punjab Kings bowlers were considered responsible for the team’s defeat.
Akram lambasted the duo of Rabada and Arshdeep, asking if they were telling the LSG batters in advance about where they were going to bowl.
“Unbelievable. In our times, we would’ve won with 257 on the board. You see, this is what I talk about. I understand T20 is difficult for bowlers. But if I was a bowler in today’s era and I was getting hit with a particular run-up and side, I would make my run-up more angular and come from around the wicket,” Akram told a sports media in a chat.
“I haven’t seen many right-handed bowlers, except probably Dwayne Bravo, who could bowl yorkers outside off-stump from around the wicket. And that comes with practice. You can come from around the wicket, or maybe run from behind the umpire. The idea is to create doubt in the batsman’s mind. These guys don’t.
“Rabada and Arshdeep conceded 106 runs in their 8 overs. Were you bowling full-tosses? Or were you telling the batters in advance, ‘I’ll bowl there, hit me for six’? Unbelievable. I know bowlers get hit, but this is carnage,” Akram further said.
Punjab Kings currently hold the 5th spot in the IPL 2023 points table with 10 points and will play their next game against Mumbai Indians on May 3 in Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali.