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Mohammad Hafeez has also now questioned India’s content in the match against England during the World Cup 2019 after Ben Stokes wrote about the same in his book. The England allrounder in his book ‘On Fire’, wrote Virat Kohli and Co. showed no or little content to chase down the target of 338 runs in that match.
Many Pakistan players reacted to Stokes’ controversial statement. Some even claimed that India lost the match deliberately to ensure that Pakistan gets disqualified. Notably, this particular match was the only one India lost in the group stage matches. And if India had won the match, England would not have qualified for the knock out stages.
We were out because of our small mistakes: Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammed Hafeez agreed that it was evident to everyone that India had no intent to play with the spirit against England. However, he acknowledged that Pakistan had failed in the tournament because of their own mistakes.
“Ask any cricket fan, everyone will say intent to play with the spirit was not there. I don’t know about the results and who went out because of that. We played good cricket and we were out because of our small mistakes. So I can’t blame any result for that,” Hafeez said during a video conference organized by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
I felt bad for the sport: Mohammad Hafeez
Besides claiming India for showing no intention, Mohammad Hafeez also counted his countrymen mistakes during the event. Pakistan ended at the fifth spot in the points table of the World Cup 2019. They had won the match against South Africa, New Zealand and England but failed to qualify for the knockout rounds.
“But as a fan, if I see the match, I did not see the match-winning intent. I felt bad for the sport. The encounter factor was missing where both teams were playing to win. The mistakes we made, we failed to tick a few boxes in the 2019 World Cup. But as a fan, that is my opinion about that game,” Mohammad Hafeez added.
Nevertheless, India reached the semi-final but failed to register the victory against New Zealand.