Once again the Pakistani fans and former cricketers felt very disappointed with their national players’ performances against India.
Pakistan once again tasted defeat against India on Saturday night at Mirpur and this time, it was very poor fashion.
Former cricketers mostly blamed Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi while some Pakistan fans got angry and broke television sets.
Former Pakistan cricketer Sikander Bakht said on Geo News Channel, Stop making excuses and start playing cricket. You are not children.”
Bakht also trolled Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi by saying, “Arey Bhai cricket to khelo aur perform karo aur kheltay raho mat retire ho lekin perform to karo (brother first play cricket and perform and don’t retire but first perform properly).”
On the other hand, former Pakistan batsman Mohammad Yousuf said that Pakistan batsmen should learn from Indian batsman Virat Kohli. Yousuf said, “I think Virat Kohli showed how to bat on such a pitch. Tell me on which good ball did our batsmen get out today. Our batsmen can only bat on batting pitches.”
He added, “I think Virat Kohli is a good example of talent, temperament and technique which is why he is so successful in every condition.”
Yousuf also refused to blame the coaching staff for that loss. He said, “No one can do anything, not even a top mentor, when the players are not willing to listen and learn.”
Another former Pakistan cricketer, Rashid Latif said, “It is not about losing but about how we lost. At least our bowlers fought hard but our batting was a total flop and the running between the wickets was pathetic,” he said.
Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq said about Pakistan’s game plan. He said, “This was not a pitch to try to get 150 or 160 our approach was all wrong we should have targeted and played for a realistic total given our bowling attack which again came good.”
Misbah also praised Virat Kohli by saying, “He is right when he says that T20 is also an extension of Test cricket and you need to respect the bowlers and conditions and play accordingly.” Misbah said.
Former leg-spinner Abdul Qadir got angry after another defeat for Pakistan against India. Qadir said, “No one can tolerate more than one defeat to India. Our players need to pull their socks up.”