Younis Khan shouldn’t have so, no need to fear Archer: Shoaib Akhtar

Written by Vipin Darwade

Pakistan batting coach, Younis Khan, was full of praise for England pacer Jofra Archer who his side is set to face in the forthcoming T20I and Test series. While Younis asked his players to be wary of the Barbados-born pacer, former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar isn’t in agreement with the iconic Pakistani batsman.

Younis gave the travelling Pakistani boys a word of caution against Archer. The 25-year-old is considered among the best pace bowlers in modern times. Despite having a non-complicated and smooth action, Arch has developed a reputation for himself as being one of the hardest to play against.

Younis, who is the highest-scoring batsman for Pakistan in the longest format, asked Azhar Ali & Co. to opt for a more defensive approach against Archer, although Akhtar isn’t too happy seeing Younis make such statements.

“Younis Khan made a statement that we will have to be wary of Jofra Archer. He [Archer] is very intimidating and hits you [while bowling]. Younis Khan gives statements. He is a good man though,” Shoaib said in a YouTube video.

“There is no need to fear Jofra Archer. Younis Khan said that they will have to play a bit defensively. I don’t know if he has said this or not. He [Younis] should not be giving these statements,” the Rawalpindi Express added.

Earlier, Younis had defined Archer as a bowler with nerves of steel who has proved his pressure handling skills by in the Super Over of the 2019 ICC World Cup. His high-arm action further helps in generate a nip in the bowler that makes it difficult for the batsmen.

“Archer has strong nerves which he proved while bowling a crucial super over in the World Cup final. He has bite in his bowling and his high arm action is very good and gives him nip in his bowling,” Younis had said.

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