Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has criticised England’s Jofra Archer for not checking on Australia’s Steve Smith after he was hit with a bouncer on Sunday during the second Ashes Test match.
It was on the fourth day of the Lord’s Test that Smith – batting on 80 in the 77th over – was hit by a delivery from Archer in the unprotected part of the back of the neck. The medics ran into the middle from both sides, as the England players rushed to the former Aussie skipper immediately.
Smith was taken off the field and after Peter Siddle got out, he came out to bat again and was ultimately trapped in front on 92.
The former Australian skipper could not take the field on the final day of the Test and was replaced by Marnus Labuschagne who became the first concussion substitute in Test cricket.
Akhtar on Sunday tweeted that “It was not nice of Archer to just walk away while Smith was in pain”.
“Bouncers are a part & parcel of the game but whenever a bowler hits a batsman, courtesy requires that the bowler must go and check on him,” he added.
The Rawalpindi Express host also stated that “he was always the first one to run to the batsman” when any such incident occurred.
Bouncers are a part & parcel of the game but whenever a bowler hits a batsman on the head and he falls, courtesy requires that the bowler must go & check on him. It was not nice of Archer to just walk away while Smith was in pain. I was always the first one to run to the batsman.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) August 18, 2019
Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh seems to be bossing Twitter after retiring from international cricket as he posted a hilarious reply to Rawalpindi express Shoaib Akhtar’s tweet on an incident in the ongoing Ashes series.
India’s Yuvraj Singh, with whom Akhtar appears to have a good friendship, saw the tweet and revealed what actually used to happen with the Rawalpindi Express hit someone.
“Yes you did [checked on the batsman]! But your actual words were hope you’re alright mate because there are a few more coming,” Singh wrote in what was a lighthearted remark.
Yes you did ! But your actual words were hope your alright mate cause there are a few more coming ?????
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) August 19, 2019
Earlier, India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh had revealed that he was terrified every time legendary Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar bowled at him.
Yuvraj made the revelation just a day after he announced his retirement from international cricket and the Indian Premier League (IPL).
While he faced some of the best bowlers the sport has ever seen, Yuvraj conceded that he was always frightened when batting against Shoaib Akhtar.
Legendary Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar believes that India hasn’t “produced a more elegant batsman than Yuvraj Singh”.
Akhtar also called Yuvraj “a very good friend” and reminisced about the first time they played against each other.
“A rock-star, a match winner, a great junior and a very good friend of mine, Yuvraj has retired from international cricket,” Akhtar was quoted as saying by India Today.
“I remember for the first time I played against him in 2003 in Centurion during the World Cup where he played a beautiful knock… I went to him and talked to him. I was deeply impressed by his in-depth knowledge of the game.