After losing against Australia in what seemed to be a match that we could have possibly, maybe won had we had enough wickets, a lot of Pakistanis have taken to social media to express their anger. The “tum jeeto ya haaro humein tumse pyaar hai” spirit seems to be wavering, but hey, never say die. However, amidst this collective anger, one man’s voice and disappointment rang out loud and clear. Post-match, Wasim Akram lashed out at the Pakistan team for their performance.
The iconic Pakistan pacer basically outlined the faults on the team’s part, giving reasons for why they couldn’t defeat the Australian team.
To start things off, he stated that “Pakistan had failed to read the pitch properly and got carried away with the tinge of green on the surface.” Oof. Harsh.
Akram also went on to add that he wasn’t happy with the decision to drop leg-spinner Shadab Khan from the side.
“We made a major blunder by dropping Shadab Khan from the side,” he continued. “It’s like dropping Shane Warne and either Saqlain Mushtaq or Mushtaq Ahmed, when both Pakistan and Australia were at their peak. This is something that does not happen.”
But that’s not all. He was also peeved by Pakistan’s overall effort and performance when it came to fielding.
“Our fielding standard,” he stated, “was also below par and it is frustrating to see something like this happen time and again. Our players also looked lethargic in the field.”
Akram also pointed out that the players who started the game didn’t exactly pull their weight. He highlighted how, if they’d started off with a big score, the follow-up team could have made up the rest of the runs easily.
Yowza. Wouldn’t want to be the Pakistan team right about now.
He didn’t stop there, though. There’s more.
“In the last seven overs during the run chase,” Akram added, “the required run-rate was almost down to run-a-ball and any other team in world cricket would have chased down the target comfortably.”
“Pakistan have to play out of their skins and win all of their remaining matches in the world cup, in order to stay in contention for the title.”
However, he wasn’t COMPLETELY pissed. Much like everyone else, he was super appreciative of Muhammad Amir.
“Pakistan did well to restrict to Australia to a manageable total thanks to Amir,” he stated. “I had said numerous times before the World Cup began that Amir should be part of the squad and thankfully the team management and selection committee persisted with him.”
Well, I mean, I’m not much of a cricket buff, but by the looks of things and the general sentiment, he seems to be spot on. Looks like the team really does need to pull up its socks – let’s just hope it doesn’t come down to needing an actual miracle.
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