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Toh phir match ho jaaye? Shoaib Akhtar challenges Mohammad Kaif to sons’ cricket match to test pace

Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has come up with a hilarious response to his yesteryears’ opponent Mohammad Kaif’s recent revelation on Twitter that his son Kabir believed that facing the speedster “must be easy”. Reacting to the video post, Akhtar on Wednesday jokingly challenged Kaif to a cricket match between Kabir and his own son Mikael Ali Akhtar.

“Toh phir @MohammadKaif match ho jaaye Kabir aur Mikael Ali Akhtar ka? He’ll get his answers about Pace. Haha Give him my love”: tweeted Akhtar in response to Kaif’s video.

As it turns out, Kaif’s son Kabir believes that hitting Shoaib Akhtar is not as difficult as it is portrayed to be. Kaif’s son, in fact, sees the pace as an advantage to batsmen who want to hit the Pakistan fast bowler past the boundary ropes.

In a video shared on social media by Mohammad Kaif, the Indian cricketer’s son can be seen explaining why hitting Akhtar may not be difficult.

Mohammad Kaif and his son can be seen watching the highlights of India vs Pakistan classic from the 2003 World Cup which was aired on Star Sports on Tuesday.

Facing Shoaib Akhtar at full tilt is not a pleasant experience, as acknowledged by several established cricketers. The Pakistan fast bowler was at his prime during the 2003 World Cup and his match-up against the India batsman was highly anticipated in the lead up to the high-octane clash in Centurion.

Despite being taken to the cleaners by Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag at the start of the World Cup tie in Centurion, Akhtar kept bowling his heart out and eventually got rid of the Master Blaster who missed out on his ton by just 2 runs.

Mohammad Kaif played a crucial role in India’s 6-wicket win against Pakistan in the high-octane encounter. After India lost Virender Sehwag (21) and Sourav Ganguly (0) early, it was Kaif who stitched a 102-run stand for the 3rd wicket with Sachin Tendulkar.

Kaif made 35 from 60 balls and the time he spent in the middle allowed Tendulkar to go after the Pakistan bowling attack. Following the dismissals of Kaif and Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh and Rahul Dravid added a 99-run stand to take India past the finish line.

Source: India Today

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