Former Pakistan veteran Pesar Shoaib Akhtar advised Indian star cricketer Hardik Pandya on the pretext of ‘Koffee with Karan’ TV show. He said in a video posted on his YouTube channel that Hardik should not speak in the media much like he did in Karan Johar’s TV show. He also praised Hardik’s brilliant performance in the second T20 match of the India-Australia series.
Akhtar said, ‘Hardik Pandya is a very talented cricketer. Keep yourself silent in a bit of media and watch and talk. Do not spoil your brand value and credibility as you did in Koffee with Karan (TV show). Do not do this at all. ‘
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He further said, ‘He (Hardik) is a great talent. He is a great cricketer. There are batsmen who come already set, like Glenn Maxwell, who also set off to play. If he is capable in Hardik, then the attitude of the match can change.
Filmmaker Karan Johar’s chat show Koffee with Karan Hardik Pandaya and Lokesh Rahul made controversial comments which were strongly opposed. After this, he was also dropped by the BCCI.
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Akhtar, who has played 46 Tests, 163 ODIs and 15 T20 Internationals for Pakistan, said, “With this mindset, Team India could have won the ODI series. The way in which you had been playing IPL, if there was a T20 series earlier, then you would have won the 3–0 ODI series in the same manner and the T20 series would have done it by the same difference. It was unfortunate that the ODI series took place earlier and the rhythm broke.
Akhtar also praised young paceman T Natarajan. He said, ‘Whenever a young player comes, it is very happy. He also wondered why players like Sanju Samson remain out of the team. He also said that Australia used to rule unbroken in cricket before, but it is necessary to break that system. He also hoped that the Indian team would win the third T20 in Sydney and win the series 3–0.