Former Indian Cricket team captain, Rahul Dravid, while analyzing chances of Pakistan’s at the World Cup, has opined that it will not be an easy task for them to win especially when they do not have few legends of the past. It is essential to have few of match winners in every team participating in the World Cup.
Dravid strongly felt that Shahid Afridi’s habit to swing at everything would not help Pakistan. He said “They lack those big-ticket players or game changers which you would associate the Pakistani team of the past. It’s almost like when he (Afridi) goes out to bat, there’s this red mist that comes over him, he just swings at everything. But I’ve seen him play a different kind of game. I’ve seen him play sensibly at times and construct innings. But it just hasn’t happened of late for some reason or the other.”
Dravid described Umar Akmal a talented player who has the ability to rise to the occasion and talked about the respect Misbah-ul-Haq gets from the team.
The 42-year-old former Indian captain said, “If he (Akmal) can turn that obvious ability and become a run-hungry consistent batsman for Pakistan, sure enough he’ll find a spot. He could bat at No. 4 consistently, or at 3 or 5, or bat anywhere really if he wants to. You can just sense that he (Misbah) has a lot of respect from the players in the team. They respect that he brings that stability to the team. He’s been able to work really well with the board and with the coaching staff. And makes the best of the situation he finds himself in. So you can’t fault him on his effort and he’s trying to do the best that he can,”
Remembering the events occurred in 1992, he added, he “In 1992 also, they started off very badly and they struggled for a while with a similar kind of team in which they had a lot of young players but who later on went to become absolute legends for Pakistan. So Pakistan can only hope that history repeats itself.”
Whatever might happen in the future, at the moment the whole world is waiting to see the spicy encounter to be held between India and Pakistan.