Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar took a dig at his Indian counter-part in Zaheer Khan on Thursday, saying that the pacer should understand that cricket does not support 'weaker bodies.'
Akhtar, who himself has had to deal with recurring injuries, said that Zaheer has a body that sustained him for the last three years but it is not the fittest anymore. "Look, he has been successful with this kind of physique. With this kind of a body, he has been fit for the last three, four years," he told reporters on the sidelines of a Twenty20 tournament in Singapore.
Zaheer strained his hamstring on the opening day of the first Test against England last week and Akhtar cautioned him against taking his body lightly. "He (Zaheer) has to understand that cricket does not support the weaker bodies and can pull it out at times which you least expect," the Rawalpindi Express said and he chose to give examples from his own career to elaborate on his view.
Akhtar also set sights on Sachin Tendulkar and said he was disappointed with his timid batting display on the final day of the Lord's Test. "Sachin, I don't understand. He gets under so much pressure, so much pressure and then he blocks, blocks and blocks. Why doesn't he go out to people like James Anderson, Stuart Broad. I think he should play his natural game to win the big day."