Irfan Pathan has said that pace is not the only attribute one should look for in a fast bowler. He explained this by comparing speedster Shoaib Akhtar with India’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The former Indian all-rounder highlighted the difference between swing and pace. He suggested that both have their own advantages but it is always challenging for the batsmen to handle the moving ball.
In his column for The Playfield Magazine, Pathan wrote that it will be next to impossible for Bhuvneshwar to bowl like Akhtar. He said that Bhuvneshwar, who is capable of swinging the ball both ways, will suddenly not be able to become an out and out fast bowler.