In the Super 4 of the Asian Cup, the Indian team played its second match against Sri Lanka in which the team won by 41 runs. India’s batting performance was very poor in this game but the bowlers gave the team a spectacular win. Now former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar’s video of the game is going viral on social media in which he angrily says, “India rigged the game.”
In fact, this video of Shoaib Akhtar is from the match between India and Sri Lanka on Tuesday (September 12). With the win against Sri Lanka, Team India made it easier for Pakistan to reach the final of the Asia Cup. Given India’s poor batting performance against Sri Lanka, there was a reaction on social media that Team India was playing poorly to exclude Pakistan from the Asia Cup final. However, Akhtar said in his video that this is a completely false claim.
Akhtar said in the video, “I don’t know what you guys are doing. I get memes and messages saying “India has fixed the game.” They are losing on purpose to edge out Pakistan. Are you all right? He bowls well. Vellalaghe and Asalanka bowled well. Have you seen the 20 year old kid? He also scored runs. I get calls from India and other countries that have deliberately lost them.”
Akhtar further said, “Why will he lose, tell me?” He wants to get to the final. You make memes for no reason. It was a good return from India. The way Kuldeep played was brilliant. Look at Jasprit Bumrah, watch his fight while defending small totals.”
In the match against Sri Lanka, the Indian team won due to their excellent bowling. Batting first, the team scored 213 runs in 49.1 overs. Captain Rohit Sharma played an important innings of 53 runs for the team. The Sri Lankan team, which came to chase the runs, scored 172 runs in 41.3 overs.