Batting has often been Pakistan’s weak link and things were no different when they took on India at the Eden Gardens in their ICC World T20 fixture. On a treacherous track, the Pakistani top order got stuck and failed to get going which added more pressure on the batsmen to follow.
The duo of Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik did exceedingly well to get Pakistan to a respectable total. However, the total was easily chased down by India owing to the brilliance of Virat Kohli.
Shoaib Malik in the post match interaction with the media spoke about the pitch and said, “If you compare the last wicket we played on and this one, we couldn’t see much difference.
In fact, this was looking a better wicket, but as I said that even Dhoni mentioned that even he didn’t think the wicket would spin that much, but we can control these things,” Malik said. “We couldn’t win the toss so that was also, that is part of the game. These things are not in your hands, but there is one area we need to improve and that is our batting.”
“Our total was not enough to defend against such a great batting line-up,” he added. We should give credit to Virat Kohli’s innings. He was the only difference between the two teams. He backs his skills and that’s the key. He reads the situation well.
He knows how to play on any track, whether flat or tricky. That’s why he’s very consistent. You’re the best coach of yourself. If you talk to yourself, you will have all the answers. As a batting unit we also need to do the same thing,” said Malik.
“I think there are a few areas where we need to improve, especially our batting, even though it was a tough pitch to bat on,” he said. “I think that we could have set a better target. There is another thing: we may have lost matches to other teams, not beaten them in World Cups, but when it comes to India, it just becomes bigger.
But we must give credit to the Indian team for the way they played on a difficult pitch,” Malik summed up.