MUMBAI: Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag alleged Pakistan’s right-arm speedster, Shoaib Akhtar of chucking while bowling at the international level.
Sehwag, while speaking on an Indian TV show Home of Heroes, alleged that the Pakistani quick used to ‘jerk his elbow’ while bowling at the international level.
“Shoaib knows he used to jerk his elbow; he knew he was chucking too,” Sehwag said.
The former Indian batter then compared Shoaib with his Australian counterpart Brett Lee and revealed it was easier to pick the latter’s deliveries while also admitting that he used to fear the Pakistani quick.
“Why would ICC ban him otherwise? Brett Lee’s hand came down straight, so it was easy to pick the ball. But with Shoaib, you could never guess where the hand and the ball will come from,” he said.
“I never feared facing Brett Lee, but with Shoaib, I could not trust what he would do if I hit him twice to the fence. Maybe a beamer or a toe-crushing yorker,” Sehwag added.
Sehwag then named legendary Kiwi pacer Shan Bond as the toughest bowler he has faced.
“His [Bond’s] deliveries would come swinging into your body, even if he bowled outside off stump,” he stated.