It has taken only one defeat for high-flying Pakistan to face extreme criticism from a number of quarters. Not very way back, the Babar Azam-led aspect was hailed by many as one of many strongest ODI models on the earth and had been thought-about favorites for the continued Asia Cup 2023 in addition to the upcoming ODI World Cup.
Nevertheless, the humiliating 228-run defeat by the hands of India have utterly modified the views of the followers and pundits relating to the Pakistan crew. The Males in Inexperienced had been completely outplayed by their arch-rivals within the essential Tremendous 4 conflict. The heavy defeat has uncovered the problems within the Pakistan crew equivalent to overreliance on few gamers and the inconsistent middle-order.
India piled up a mammoth complete of 356 for two in 50 overs due to centuries from Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul and half-centuries from Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma. In reply, Pakistan confirmed little combat with the bat and had been all out for a paltry complete of 128 runs to undergo their largest ODI defeat when it comes to runs in opposition to India.
The defeat has additionally put Pakistan on the verge of elimination from the Asia Cup. With an NRR of -1.892, Pakistan must beat Sri Lanka at any price of their last Tremendous 4 recreation to advance to the ultimate. In case the sport is washed out, they must bow out of the competitors and Sri Lanka will advance to the ultimate.
Kamran Akmal slams Pakistan:
A number of former Pakistan cricketers have brazenly criticized Pakistan for his or her horrendous efficiency in opposition to India and Kamran Akmal has joined the bandwagon too. Expressing his disappointment over the loss, the previous Pakistan wicketkeeper has mentioned that Babar Azam & Co. will even battle to beat the Netherlands on the upcoming ODI World Cup.
“In order for you an excellent efficiency in World Cup, if you wish to play in Asia Cup last, and when you’ve got this method, you’ll battle to even beat Netherlands. What’s the administration doing? Who instructed you to bowl first? At the least inform gamers to remain on the crease. Your run fee has suffered badly. You chased 190-odd runs in 40-odd overs in opposition to Bangladesh,” Akmal mentioned on his official YouTube channel.
“Ship messages. The way in which Shadab, Iftikhar, Salman obtained out. You needed to inform them to play the total overs, take the rating to at the least 260-280. They know the PCB gained’t ask them robust questions. There’s no recreation plan, no method. Everybody has gone for holidays. I’m sorry to say, you’ve carried out like faculty boys in opposition to a prime crew,” he added.
In the meantime, India have already booked their place within the last of the Asia Cup. They’ll play both Sri Lanka or Pakistan within the last on Sunday (September 17).