Former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram has admired lanky fast bowler Mohammad Irfan for his wonderful work in the opening Twenty20 international against India. The young left-armer bowled at a very tight line against the Men in Blue, and Akram feels that the
tall pacer would be very hard to handle.
"I am very impressed with his (Mohammad Irfan) performance. I was amazed to see him bowling around 142 and 144 (kmph) at his height, and he also maintained a good aggressive line. If he keeps on bowling like this and further improves he will prove to be
to hot to handle for many of the world’s leading players," Akram told ‘Geo News’.
Pakistan beat India comprehensively by five wickets in the first game. After winning the toss, the touring skipper Mohammad Hafeez put the home side into bat. Team India got off to a great start, and Ajinkya Rahane and Gautam Gambhir did well in the initial
Despite a very good start, the home side failed to get a huge total. The middle-order failed awfully and as a result, the side could only get 133 runs in the allotted quota of 20 overs.
In reply, Hafeez and Shoaib Malik consolidated the innings after three quick loses. Both right-handers scored half-centuries, and guided the side to an easy win. Irfan although picked up only one wicket, he did not allow the opposing batsmen to score easy
runs. In four overs, he gave away only 25 runs.
Alongside lavishing praise on Irfan, Akram admired Hafeez and Malik for their good contribution with the bat. The swing master stated that the Green Shirts showed maturity and handled the pressure well, adding that the final line-up should always be a fine
blend of young and senior players.
"The way Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik batted it shows how important experienced players are for the Pakistan team. I am all for inducting new blood and younger players but a proper blend of youth and experience needs to be followed instead of just sidelining
the seniors," he explained.