Shoaib Akhtar, the former Pakistan speedster, on Tuesday said that India under the captaincy of Virat Kohli was the best Test side in the world. On his YouTube Channel, Akhtar lavished praise on Indian players who have helped their side to top the ICC Test rankings. On MS Dhoni, the Rawalpindi Express said that he will return to the team-fold and the BCCI would give him honorable exit.
Former Pakistan batsman Younis Khan also praised India, saying the team has the ability to win matches in every country. He also agreed that India have no comparison in the red-ball game in the present days. India defeated Bangladesh in just three days of the first Test match. Mayank Agarwal was named man of the match after scoring his Test double-hundred, weeks after smashing his first against South Africa.
Commenting on Pakistan’s two-match Test series against Australia, starting from November 21, the former right-handed batsman said that Pakistanis should not expect anything from the team which has failed to perform for the last several months. He said that if fans stop expecting better results, the pressure would come down on the team which in turn would help the players to perform well.
Khan said the appointment of Sourav Ganguly as the BCCI president would help Kohli to take team forward, adding that he was a leader himself. Meanwhile, India are set to play their first-ever day-night Test against Bangladesh at Kolkata’s iconic Eden Gardens. Bangladesh Prime Minister and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will witness the match on the first day.
Cricket legends including Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, and VVS Laxman are expected to be present on the first day of the historic match. Kolkata match will be the first-ever pink-ball day-night match between the two teams. It became possible after Ganguly’s efforts and his proposal to the Bangladesh Cricket Board. The BCB accepted his proposal.