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Imran Nazir had more talent than Virender Sehwag: Shoaib Akhtar

Published Apr 29, 2020, 12:34 pm IST
Updated Apr 29, 2020, 12:34 pm IST
Virender Sehwag who scored 96 runs in the ODI against Sri Lanka in Hambantota on the tour of 2012. AFP Photo
 Virender Sehwag who scored 96 runs in the ODI against Sri Lanka in Hambantota on the tour of 2012. AFP Photo

Karachi: Former Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar believes that Virender Sehwag's contemporary from pakistan Imran Nazir was more talented than the aggressive Indian but didn't have brains and was also let down by the country's cricket administration.

The 44-year old believes Pakistan, in general, did not take good care of the talent it had.

"I don't think Imran Nazir had the brains that Sehwag had. I don't think Sehwag had the talent that Imran Nazir had. There is no comparison with regards to talent. We tried to contain him a little," Akhtar told local media.

"When he hit a brutal hundred against India in a side match, I asked them to play Imran Nazir consistently but they didn't listen."

Nazir played only eight Tests for Pakistan, scoring 427 runs and featured in 79 ODIs to score 1895 runs.

Sehwag, on the other hand, scored 8586 Test runs from 104 matches and had 8273 ODI runs from 251 matches.

Criticising the Pakistan cricket establishment, the Rawalpindi Express said it did not nurture the players it had.

"It is unfortunate that we do not know how to take care of our brands. We could have had a player better than Virender Sehwag in Imran Nazir. He had all the shots while also being a good fielder. We could have utilised him brilliantly but we just couldn't," he said.

The former pacer said Javed Miandad played a crucial role in shaping Nazir's career. "Whenever Imran Nazir played well, it was because of Javed Miandad. He would be in the dressing room and trying to get him to play.

"Whenever he played a bad shot Javed bhai would send him a message in order to keep him focused."

Location: Pakistan, Sindh, Karachi


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