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Thankfully Tim Paine isn't Pakistan's wicketkeeper: Kamran Akmal

The 38-year-old claimed that all wicketkeepers dropped catches

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Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal, in a Youtube video on Monday, expressed relief for Australia’s struggling wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who had a horrible outing in the recently concluded Test against India, hinting that people in Pakistan would have said awful things about him if he had been part of the Men in Green’s side.

The 38-year-old claimed that all wicketkeepers dropped catches while looking forward to comments made by analysts, who had previously been very critical about his own wicket-keeping skills, talk about the match.

“Australia would have been celebrating a win if they had taken their catches. This did not happen, however. The fielding did not allow this to happen. You can have good and bad days on the field. The specialty of the Australian side is that they do not make many mistakes. They made all their mistakes in a single day. Tim Paine had a very bad outing. This happens. Every keeper drops catches but what can we say,” Akmal said.

“I am glad that Pakistan wasn’t playing there and he wasn’t in a Pakistan team or else they would have said so many things about him. Now I will see what will be said by those people who have spoken about me at length. It was an interesting Test and the Australian side made a lot of efforts. They did not lose hope anywhere in the match that they could not win. This fighting attitude was their greatest asset,” he added.

Earlier, A battered and bruised India team batted resiliently through the final day to snatch a remarkable draw in the third Test against Australia on Monday, leaving an engrossing series tied at 1-1 heading into the final match in Brisbane.

Australia's frontline bowlers, who skittled the tourists for 36 in the first Test, threw everything they had at the Indian batsmen on a day five wicket that did not deteriorate as much as they had hoped.

India finished on 334 for five, 73 runs short of the victory target of 407 that Australia had handed them after declaring on 312-6 at tea on Sunday.