A day after Pakistan crashed out of the T20 Asia Cup, head coach Waqar Younis seemed a little bewildered. Batting has often been Pakistan’ weak link and this tournament was no exception as the Pakistani batsmen once again deserted their spirited bowlers. An embarrassing outing against arch rivals India was probably the darkest spot on the Pakistani batting for quite some time now.
In a media interaction, Younis admitted that despite his bowlers excelling, his batting had let him down terribly. He clearly stated that the batsmen would have to lift themselves up for the ICC World T20. “Sarfraz’s batting has been the highlight.
Umar Akmal has played well. Shoaib Malik has played well. The middle and lower-middle order, they’ve been pretty good. It is just that the top three batsmen have struggled in the matches before this match. But yeah, we have to really fix that,” said a poignant Younis.
“We have not been very happy with the top-order but to be fair to them, it has been a tough outing for them if you consider the pitches or conditions here. It’s been very difficult. The bowlers have had a good say especially with the new ball. “So I think the most positive I would like to take is that our bowlers bowled really well.
I am really impressed with Mohammad Amir’s bowling. Irfan is coming really good. Wahab Riaz played today. We scored 50 in the first six overs but it came late. But we will go to the World T20 with this win,” clearly stated Waqar.
Younis was also critical about the media back home in Pakistan and said, “This word, tehqiqat (investigation), isn’t very pleasant.” “But the circumstances are such that such words will be used. I think there are far worse words being used in our media.
But that’s the way it is. You have to take it on the chin when you are in this business. I guess this is why everyone is trying their best to have a good World T20.”