While the political relationship between India and Pakistan have stopped bilateral cricketing ties between the two nations, the cricketers from both countries have always been good friends. And former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar is the latest to show that everything is cool between the cricketers from both sides of the Wagah Border.
The legendary pacer recently posted a video on his popular YouTube channel in which he was speaking with some of his compatriots. Akhtar was asked ‘unexpected questions’, among which was the question on who the best cricketer off the field was.
And in reply, Shoaib Akhtar came up with the name of former India fast-bowler Ashish Nehra. He said that while Nehra was no doubt a good bowler, he was a very good human being as well. The Pakistan legend further said that the Indian left-arm pacer was always ready to help.
“Ashish Nehra,” said Akhtar while replying to the question before adding: “A good bowler but a very good person. He was the best human being because he was always ready to help others.”
Nehra played for India for nearly two decades before retiring from all forms of the game in 2018. He made his debut in 1999 and played 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 26 T20 Internationals. He picked 44 Test, 157 ODI and 34 T20 wickets but his career was marred by frequent injuries. He was also a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning team.
Akhtar has been in the news recently for his comments on his former teammate Danish Kaneria. The former pacer said that some of his teammates discriminated against Kaneria on the basis of his religion. Although he faced a backlash from his teammates, Akhtar stood by his claim. Kaneria, though, supported Akhtar’s claims and said he would divulge more on it soon.