World Cup 2019: Sarfaraz Ahmed claims seniors can’t be blamed for Pakistan’s loss vs India

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Pakistan misplaced the match to India by 89 runs in a one-sided affair.

Sarfaraz Ahmed
Sarfaraz Ahmed. (Photograph by Nathan Stirk/Getty Photos)

The Pakistan workforce and its followers didn’t have an excellent Sunday on June 16 as their workforce misplaced their ICC World Cup 2019 encounter in opposition to rivals India in a one-sided affair. As rains interrupted the match twice, Pakistan suffered an 89-run defeat by way of DLS technique, which decreased the goal they usually wanted 136 runs within the final 5 overs. This was Males in Inexperienced’s seventh straight loss to the Males in Blue within the World Cup historical past.

It was a collective failure of the Pakistani workforce, which started from skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed selecting to bowl first after successful the toss and the choice backfired as India put up 136 runs for the primary wicket, with KL Rahul making 57 and Rohit Sharma going onto composing a knock price 140 runs. Kohli added 77 runs to the distress of Pakistani bowlers because the Indian workforce put up 336/5 in 50 overs. Mohammad Amir managed to scalp three wickets and it was a commendable particular person efficiency.

The batsmen of the inexperienced military failed to return good with solely Fakhar contributing 62 and Babar making 48 runs they usually had a 104-run partnership for the second wicket. Many consultants and followers blamed the poor type of the senior gamers like Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, and Sarfaraz himself, for this loss because the trio failed badly in negotiating Indian bowlers and misplaced their wickets cheaply with out placing up a struggle.

Sarfraz Ahmed declines accountable seniors for loss in opposition to India

Sarfaraz was bombarded with questions on Hafeez and Malik within the post-match convention, however the captain stated that it will be mistaken to make the senior gamers the scapegoat for the loss. “I don’t assume you possibly can discuss solely the senior gamers; I feel it’s important to discuss the entire workforce. I feel the entire workforce just isn’t performing properly in all three departments, not fielding, not bowling, and never batting,” Sarfraz stated.

Hafeez (9) was caught by Shankar on the leg facet in a lure set by Hardik Pandya, who then clear bowled Shoaib Malik for a golden duck on the following ball. In the meantime, Sarfraz misplaced his wicket to Shankar, who had earlier dismissed Imam along with his first ball in World Cup cricket. Malik’s inclusion was extremely debated provided that he had scored in single digits in earlier matches within the event and averages nearly 14 in England all through his profession.

The skipper was additionally criticized for his resolution of chasing regardless of historical past not being in favour of Pakistan. He blamed the bowlers for not bowling in proper areas whereas admitting that wicket of Babar Azam on the rating of 119 was the rationale of collapse which value Pakistan three wickets in 4 overs and the match itself.