ICC World Cup 2019: Blaming Sarfraz Ahmad for the Loss at Old Trafford is Silly – Sanjay Manjrekar
Apart from those two iconic yawns, what actually would haunt Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, is deciding against to bat first while facing arch-rivals India at the Old Trafford in Manchester on June 16. Sarfraz has faced heat for a poor show at the ICC World Cup 2019. However, cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has somewhat backed Sarfraz, who received a backlash for timid show against the Men in Blue.
Manjrekar’s comments came after Pakistan surrendered before India in a rain-truncated game by 89 runs on the basis of Duckworth Lewis Method. Thus, Pakistan faced their seventh overall loss against India at the World Cup.
Last week, Sarfraz offered India to bat first which saw Virat Kohli-led side making most of the opportunity by slamming 336 for five in 50 overs. India rode on the spectacular ton from Rohit Sharma 140 (113). Equally, KL Rahul 57 (78) and Kohli 77 (65) have contributed to the team’s cause.
In reply, Pakistan finished with 212 for six in 40 over as game got revised after rain halted the play.
It’s silly to blame Sarfraz Ahmed for the Old Trafford:
Manjrekar, who’s a part of ICC’s commentary panel maintained India is a very strong side than Pakistan while adding, blaming Sarfraz for Sunday’s loss isn’t right in any way. He added Sarfraz with limited options haven’t enough to do against World’s No. 2 ODI team which is unbeaten at the ODI showpiece so far.
Consequently, he believes the wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz is not capable of taking Pakistan from strength to strength while conceding; Sarfraz is ‘no Imran Khan’.
Also, without shying away from the fact Manjrekar said Sarfraz is nowhere close to legendary all-rounder Imran who led Pakistan in their lone World Cup victory in 1992 against England.
“Sarfaraz Ahmed is no Imran Khan, he is not going to take Pakistan to the next level, and to be fair blaming him for the loss at Old Trafford is silly. India was a much stronger side and there was not much Sarfaraz could do about it,” Saj Sadiq, who’s a Pakistan-based journalist quoted Manjrekar on his Twitter handle.
Sanjay Manjrekar hails Imran Khan’s leadership:
The 53-year-old Manjrekar reiterated that concurrent Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan had been an inspiration for many during his heydays on the cricket field. He added Imran convinced his teammates that they were amongst the best lot.
While hailing Imran’s leadership qualities, Manjrekar added on that erudition of Imran has helped Pakistan to a great deal.
“Imran Khan inspired his team, almost brainwashed them into believing they were better than everyone. It helped that there was great, natural ability already there. All it needed was the right channelling and cricket sophistication and Imran took care of that,” added Manjrekar.
With Pakistan fans disappointed following their team’s no-show, Sarfraz and his men have to win their remainder of league stage fixtures to give their country something to cheer at apart from depending on other results.
So far, they could eke out three points in five matches. They’re languishing at the number nine spot of the World Cup points table.
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