Pandey replacement for Dhoni? Shoaib's prediction

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 1/22/2020 11:07:19 AM

New Dehii, Jan 21 While the country's cricket fans grapple with questions regarding India legend MS Dhoni's international future, former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has made a surprising claim regarding the ex-captain. After India won the ODI series vs Australia in Bengaluru on Sunday, Akhtar pitted Manish Pandey as the supposed successor of Dhoni in the Indian team. "Hindustan ko akhir Dhoni ka replacement mil gya (India have finally found the replacement for MS Dhoni)," Akhtar said on his YouTube channel after India's emphatic comeback victory over Australia in three-match ODI series. "India have found a good fit in Manish Pandey. Shreyas Iyer too looks a complete player and these add depth to India's batting," he added. Shoaib also called Indian captain Virat Kohli "an exceptional leader" as he doesn't give up easily. "Virat Kohli is an exceptional leader. He is very tough mentally. He knows how to mount comebacks. His boys know it as well. He doesn't give up after setbacks. Then if you have talents like Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul, then you know that if you have got the opposition out for less than 300, that too in Bengaluru, then you forget about stopping that chase," said Shoaib after India's 7-wicket win in Bengaluru. Shoaib also called the ODI series as a 'Battle of Pride' between 2 of the top ODI sides in the world. He went on to say that there is something different about this Indian team as in they don't panic like the teams from yesteryears. "It was a Battle of pride. This is a new Indian team, not like my playing days. To win the series after losing the 1st match so comprehensively was quite difficult. In Chinnaswamy, basically India bullied and hammered Australia; it was like playing with boys. This was too much from India(laughs), total annihilation."


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