Disheartened Pakistan skipper, Misbah-ul-Haq, blamed batting collapse for his squad’s ouster from the International Cricket Council World Cup following a 6-wicket defeat against Australia in the quarter-final on Friday in Adelaide.
Pakistan were bowled out for a paltry run of 213 in the final over after being well set at 97 runs for the loss of 2 wickets, a trend Misbah said had persuaded throughout the International Cricket Council World Cup.
Misbah, whose out after scoring 34 derailed Pakistan’s innings, said that he thinks they failed as a batting unit in the whole World Cup.
Josh Hazlewood took 4 wickets contributing 35 runs while Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc took 2 wickets apiece as Pakistan never recuperated on a batting-friendly Adelaide Oval wicket.
The Pakistani skipper said that they just lost the way in the middle overs, they were going well at one level but after 22-23 overs they kept losing wickets and that was the trend throughout the World Cup.
Wahab really bowled well throughout the International Cricket Council World Cup and he was a different bowler. He demonstrated his class again and at one level they were pretty much in the match and the way he was bowling that catch could have made the difference.
Misbah said it was difficult on the bowlers to defend low totals. Misbah, who retired from One Day Internationals after the game, focused to Pakistan’s lack of centuries in the World Cup.
Misbah admitted batting has been Pakistan’s weak link for some time now.
He said that it is always difficult when they are playing like this, batting has been a problem for the last two, three years as they are not up to the international standards.