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Thank you India for breaking Pakistan’s record: Shoaib Akhtar

Former Pakistan speedster has slammed the Indian team after their embarrassing loss against Australia

Thank you India for breaking Pakistan’s record: Shoaib Akhtar PHOTO: AFP

Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has slammed the Indian team after their embarrassing loss against Australia in the first Test at Adelaide.

Josh Hazlewood took five for eight as Australia romped to an emphatic victory by eight wickets inside three days on Saturday after skittling India for 36, their lowest innings score in 88 years of Test cricket.

Hazlewood and Pat Cummins (4/21) turned a tight Test on its head in a devastating spell of pace bowling to open the third day of the day-night Test, ripping through the much-vaunted Indian batting lineup in less than two hours.

“I woke up and saw the score 369 and thought that we have a good match on our hands. Then I washed my eyes and saw the score 36/9. I couldn’t believe it!” said Akhtar on his YouTube channel.

“When Pakistan got out on 53 and 59, Australia had [Glenn] McGrath, Shane Warne and Brett Lee in their lineup. They don't have that quality anymore. But thank you India for breaking our record. At least you helped us somewhere,” he said. “It was a very embarrassing performance by the Mighty Indians.”

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He also said that cricket, especially batting, was a piece of cake as compared to previous era.

“If Warne was bowling in this era, he would have bowled with his eyes closed. Be thankful that the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis, Inzamamul Haq, [Mohammad] Yousaf or other great batsmen survived that.” he said.

“Cricket is very easy these days with the thick bats, small boundaries and three circles,” he said. “You guys can’t even realise, how difficult it was to bat against the likes of Wasim [Akram] and Waqar [Younis] bowling at 100mph and reverse swinging the ball,” he added.

Australia chased down the victory target of 90 runs for the loss of Matthew Wade (33) and Marnus Labuschagne (6) to take a 1-0 lead in the series with Tests to come in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.