Yuvraj Singh replies cheekily to Shoaib Akhtar’s criticism of Jofra Archer

Yuvraj Singh gave a cheeky reply to Shoaib Akhtar’s Twitter post.

Yuvraj Singh offered a cheeky response to Shoaib Akhtar reminding how the former Pakistan quick would warn batsmen while checking on them after nasty bouncers following his criticism of Jofra Archer in second Ashes Test.

Akhtar on Sunday slammed Archer for not not checking on Steve Smith after the Australian batsman was felled on the ground by his bouncer during the Ashes Test at Lord’s, London.

"Bouncers are a part & parcel of the game but whenever a bowler hits a batsman on the head and he falls, courtesy requires that the bowler must go & check on him. It was not nice of Archer to just walk away while Smith was in pain. I was always the first one to run to the batsman," Akhtar had tweeted on Sunday.

In response, Yuvraj wrote, "Yes you did! But your actual words were hope you’re alright mate because there are a few more coming."

During his fiery spell on the fourth day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Saturday, Archer struck Smith twice — first on his forearm and then on the unprotected back of his neck by a bouncer that clocked 92.4 miles per hour.

The body-blow forced Smith to retire hurt while batting on 80. After a concussion test, Smith, however, returned in less than an hour to take the crease even as a section of English crowd booed the batsman.

The former skipper was eventually dismissed when he shouldered arms to a straight ball from Chris Woakes, just eight runs short of a century.

The blow ruled Smith out of the match as Marnus Labuschagne became the first concussion substitute in Test history.

There are doubts over Smith’s availability for the Leeds Test beginning on Thursday.

(with PTI inputs)