Srinagar: Former India cricketers Ravi Shastri and Harbhajan Singh have termed Pakistan spin attack in the ICC World Cup 2023 as ordinary.
“With Naseem Shah not there, the strength of Pakistan just diminishes a bit,” Shastri was quoted as saying.
Shastri pointed out a significant drop in spin quality compared to the past.
“Their [Pakistan] spin quality compared to your era has dipped big time,” Shastri said to Harbhajan.
Harbhajan concurred with Shastri’s observations, highlighting the notable spinners of yesteryears such as Saqlain Mushtaq, Saeed Ajmal, and Shahid Afridi.
“Of course. They used to have Saqlain Mushtaq, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi. They were big spinners. Shadab looks really good, but recently he is not bowling at his best. He is not looking to take those wickets. He is rather happy going for fifty and sixty runs and no wickets. When you have a mindset like that, as a spinner, you will not win games for your team. I believe their spin is not as strong as it used to be,” Harbhajan said.