Not surprised to see India struggle in South Africa, says Shoaib Akhtar

Shoaib Akhtar says Indian batsmen will find it tough to counter South Africa bowlers in testing conditions.

updated: December 14, 2013 11:36 IST
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Karachi: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar is not at all surprised to see Indian batsmen struggle in the team's ongoing tour of South Africa. (Click here for full coverage of India's tour of South Africa)

"It is not surprising that the Indians have struggled. It happens with every team in the first few matches because of the different conditions and pitches but the Indian batsmen will be really tested in Tests," Akhtar said when asked about India's 2-0 loss in the recently-concluded 3-ODI series. India will now play a two-match Test series against the Proteas starting December 18. (Also read: India's warm-up tie called off)

Talking about his passion to play against India, Akhtar rued that he was dropped for the crucial semi-final of the 2011 World Cup at Mohali which the hosts eventually won by 29 runs.

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