ICC World Cup 2019: Sarfraz Ahmed Eats Humble Pie; Calls Team India Better Than ’90s Pakistan
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed after receiving an 89-run drubbing from India has conceded that India has had thoroughly turned the tables. He added, Pakistan used to dominate India in the ’90s, but admitted to the fact that India has done remarkably well to outclass them. He remarked that India is a better side than Pakistan, which has somewhat an advantage over the Men in Blue.
Sarfraz stated that Pakistan were a better side in the ’90s.
Following a defeat at the hands of India in Manchester, Pakistan’s media has cornered Sarfraz with a barrage of questions. Sarfraz, who looked visibly shaken has tried his best to respond to the uncomfortable questions at the press conference.
ICC World Cup 2019: Pakistan crumbles under pressure –
The wicketkeeper-batsman Sarfraz accepted that they’ve failed to handle the pressure. He added the team which handles things well ended up in winning such games. However, many believe that the rivalry has fizzled out to some extent with India having the upper hand.
“We are not handling pressure well. The team that handles pressure in these games win. The Pakistan teams of the 90’s, used to enjoy upper hand but now India is better than Pakistan. That’s why they win matches,” Sarfraz told during a presser.
Earlier, the former Pakistan 1992 World Cup-winning skipper Imran Khan has suggested Pakistan bat first. But, Sarfraz backed himself while citing the overcast conditions as a factor to field first at the Old Trafford.
Also, he reiterated that they failed to leave an impact in all three departments during the marquee clash.
Imran, who now serves as the Prime Minister of Pakistan, has also stated Pakistan should play in the right approach.
Besides, the under-fire Sarfraz also conceded that the bowlers didn’t bowl right length while adding the moisture on the pitch has pushed him to give themselves a chance to bowl against India.
“The whole team is not performing well in all three departments. If you talk about fielding, even Virat Kohli had said that he would have fielded. We haven’t seen the pitch for two days. There was some moisture and hence I decided on fielding. We won a good toss but didn’t hit the right length,” Sarfraz ellaborated.
Sarfraz Ahmed aims for a big show at the ICC World Cup 2019:
So much so, Sarfraz is up for the herculean task to win as many as four games on the bounce to give them a chance to make it to the four. At the same time, he believes it’s the positive approach which could pay rich dividends for the struggling team.
Concurrently, Pakistan is ninth on the points table with three points in five games.
“We should try to be positive and think like, okay we didn’t play good cricket but let’s try and win four games in order to bounce back,” Sarfraz concluded.
On the other side, he has cleared the air that there is no rift taking place in the dressing room.
Pakistan will take on South Africa at the iconic Lord’s in London on June 23 (Sunday).
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