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Legendary Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar believes that India hasn’t “produced a more elegant batsman than Yuvraj Singh”.
Akhtar was praising the Indian all-rounder after he announced his retirement from international cricket and the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Akhtar also called Yuvraj “a very good friend” and reminisced about the first time they played against each other.
“A rock-star, a match winner, a great junior and a very good friend of mine, Yuvraj has retired from international cricket,” Akhtar was quoted as saying by India Today. “I remember for the first time I played against him in 2003 in Centurion during the World Cup where he played a beautiful knock… I went to him and talked to him. I was deeply impressed by his in-depth knowledge of the game.
“I don’t think India has produced a more elegant batsman than Yuvraj Singh. He used to play very fluently.
“He was a great cricketer, a great friend and a very patriotic Indian. He always wanted to win games for India and whenever he used to come to bat lower down the order, we always felt it was important to get him out or else he could take the game away.
“I wish him best of luck for the future. He is a TV product and I know he will do a lot of work on the small screen.”
As quoted by ESPNcricinfo, Akhtar also said: “You have been a great friend and a great younger brother. Now quickly go and have two kids. This is more important now because you haven’t had kids yet. Earlier you used to feed the bowlers, now it’s time to feed your kids.”