Virender Sehwag’s outspoken comment criticizing the former pacer’s bowling motion has prompted Shoaib Akhtar to reply. Sehwag, who has a no-holds-barred style to voicing his opinions on any subject, said that the speedster ‘used to jerk his elbow’ and that he ‘knew he was chucking too’.

Sehwag likened Shoaib to Brett Lee, adding he could read him because his “hand came down straight.” ‘ However, the former India opener couldn’t read Akhtar’s delivery because he ‘could never estimate where the hand and ball would come from.’

In reaction to Sehwag’s bold statement, Akhtar urged the Indian to desist from making such remarks now that social media is gaining popularity. Akhtar, who used to keep the speed guns busy during his playing days, also brought up the political issues between India and Pakistan, saying he doesn’t want to say anything that will further sour the relationship.

“I would want Sehwag to refrain from making such remarks. Sehwag is entitled to his opinion if he knows more than ICC. My response to Sehwag will be somewhat different. He was, in my opinion, one of the best match-winners India had ever produced. He was a team player and one of India’s finest openers of all time. I’m at the point in my life when I have to be cautious about sharing my thoughts. I don’t want to make a remark or criticize any athlete who has represented their country, “Sportskeeda spoke with Akhtar.

“I didn’t see the interview.” Sehwag is a good buddy, but I’m not sure whether he was kidding or serious when he said that.”

“Cricketers must ensure that their comments do not disrupt the peace between India and Pakistan. I should be able to play that bridge if there is room for development in the two nations’ ties. In this day and age of social media, I implore Sehwag to exercise caution while making such utterances “Further, Akhtar said.