Former Pakistan Pacer Shoaib Akhtar Recalls The Loss Against India That Still “Haunts” Him

Former Pakistan Pacer Shoaib Akhtar Recalls The Loss Against India That Still “Haunts” Him

The 2011 World Cup victory is written in the folklore of Indian cricket. MS DhoniThe team won the tournament after 28 years, defeating Sri Lanka in a clash of the top. However, it was the semi-final that was the real challenge as host India competed against traditional rivals Pakistan in Mohali. In the end, the host team defeated Pakistan by 29 runs to make it to the final which was played at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has now said that the memory of this semi-final still haunts him.

Akhtar did not play in the semi-finals of the 2011 World Cup because he was disqualified by the Pakistani team management.

“I miss Mohali, the 2011 World Cup semi-final. They should have played me, they should have played me. The management didn’t play me, it’s a total injustice. I knew I had only two matches left and I wished that the flag of Pakistan would be hoisted at Wankhede and the team was playing in the final. I knew that there was a lot of pressure on India. The whole nation and the media were looking at India. There were underdogs. So I was convinced that we should not be pressured. ” Akhtar told Sportskida.

“They told me I was incompetent. But I went in. During the warm-up, I threw eight straight overs. If I had played that match, the result would have been anything, even if my leg had been broken. I would have beaten Sachin and Sehwag.” I knew India would be broken if Sachin and Sehwag were dismissed early. I was really hurt. So, watch this match for 5-6 hours and watch Pakistan lose by dugout. For, I’m not the kind of person who cries, I’m the kind of person who breaks things. “

Speaking further about his feelings, Akhtar said: “And I broke some things in the dressing room because I was so sad, frustrated and angry and so was my whole nation. I knew that most The important thing is that it was the first 10 overs. “


In the semi-finals, India batted first and scored 260/9 in 50 overs. Sachin Tendulkar While scoring the most with the knock of 85. Suresh Raina With an unbeaten innings of 36, the innings provided much needed impetus.

Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Manaf PatelHarbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh All came back with two wickets when India beat Pakistan by 231 runs to win the match by 29 runs.

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