A defeat of 124 runs is never small, that too if it is an India vs Pakistan match, we all know that the adrenaline level is sky touching and the expectations never get any less.
Almost every cricket pundit, former legends and even the fans have cursed the Pakistani side for such a pathetic performance against India last Sunday.
First up legendary former skipper and all-rounder Imran Khan expressed his disappointment by saying that, “Win and defeat are part of any game but the manner in which we lost to India on Sunday without a fight was very painful,”
Imran also stressed on the fact that the domestic structure and the way cricket is played in Pakistan needs to change, if they wanted to succeed against a powerful team like India.
“Despite having lot of talent Pakistan will continue to fall behind India in cricket unless our cricket structure is revised.” said Khan.
Former captain Rashid Latif went on to say that the difference and the quality of the two sides is poles apart, he stated that, “Even if Pakistan had fielded its full 15 players I don’t think the result would have been different. Such is the difference between the two sides now.”
The hard-hitting Shahid Afridi felt the same as he stated that “While India has progressed a lot we are falling behind them,” The fearsome former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar who always gave his heart out in India vs Pakistan encounter seemed unimpressed by the intent showed by the current Pakistani side.
“The only way to beat India was to bowl them out for a manageable total by taking wickets. Yet, instead of attacking them with the new ball, we choose to contain them. This was poor captaincy and poor decision making by the team think-tank,” he said.
He also went on to criticize the coach Mickey Arthur for his decision on not to play Junaid Khan as he had said that there was no difference between Khan and Hassan Ali, who was in the side.
“It is astonishing that the coach does not see any difference between Junaid and Hassan. How can you compare them – one is a natural left-arm swing bowler and the other is a right-arm pacer.” a frustrated Akhtar said.
Mohd. Yousuf, the former great batsman said that they need to accept the defeat as India is number three ranked side and they are a poor side on the 8th rank!
He also called for sacking the coach.
Wasim Akram, who understands both Indian and Pakistan cricket said that,” the bitter truth is we are lagging behind them in many ways and we are not producing fearless players. Before every Pak-India match there is a 50-50 chance for either side to win but on Sunday we just gave it away. It was a bad defeat.”
The all-time legend, Viv Richards say that Pakistan had no plans and a weak batting order and said that “Look at the other teams and their number three batsman. Pakistan is playing Babar Azam in such a big event at such a crucial position. They have got it wrong,”
“Their appeared to be no direction and it made no sense at all to open the bowling with Imad and then given him the final over when India were on a rampage,“said an irritated Saeed Ajmal.