Since winning and losing are part of the game, but if a team loses without putting up a good fight as it is ready to lose, then it shows that the team is now a total waste. In recent Pakistan Vs India Match of Champions trophy 2017, in England on Sunday, Pakistani team was completely thrashed by the Indian team.
Pakistani cricket’s current adverse state makes its supporters go back in 90’s where India was standing right at the same position where Pakistan is standing today. If you want to know as to why Pakistan lost the match from India on Sunday, then there are top 9 reasons we have tried to state.
1. Poor captaincy of Sarfraz
Sarfraz being skipper made wrong decisions lacking the real spirit of being a great captain who always must be a rational decision-maker and a fighter.
2. Zero fighting spirit of team
In every cricket game, it is the fight till the end that matters and giving the game so easily to rivals as Pakistan did is an attitude of scaredy-cats.
3. Jittery attitude of players
Pakistan team during the whole game seemed so nervous and confused that didn’t let them put a great play. All the claims of ‘calmness of Pakistani camp’ by Arthur and Sarfraz looked nothing but fabrications.
4. Won the toss and chose to bowl – match losing decision
Sarfraz after winning the toss decided to bowl which could be considered as his blunder. Knowing about Pakistan’s poor batting skills Sarfraz shouldn’t have opted to chase. Pakistan’s batting line can’t handle pressure, and after first wicket fall, rest of the players don’t bother to stay on the pitch.
5. Less attacking approach
In the initial overs, Mohammad Amir gave a tough time to Rohit Sharma by not letting him score a single, however, Sarfraz’s incredibly bad decision of giving the ball to Imad when Kohli walked in allowed India to have their game. Sarfraz should have thought that by opting to bowl, he should put the attacking bowlers to bowl. The team should have played in attacking mode.
6. Wahab – the weakest point
If the bowlers aren’t getting wickets, then make sure that they are also not giving runs. But Sarfraz again played foolishly by giving the overs repeatedly to Wahab Riaz who proved to be the weakest point of Pakistan. He gave about 87 runs in eight overs which provided the major team loss. Junaid Khan is a great alternative for Wahab, but he has not been given a chance to play for a long time that is suspicious.
7. Worst fielding as always
The dropping of catches is not new to Pakistani team, and they have lost several cricket matches because of this hallmark feature. The dropped catches of Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli gave India chance to put much high score than expected. Pakistan’s fielding is it’s the weakest aspect because neither they can catch properly nor they can dive properly. Worst fielding by Pakistani team led the team to drop the catches and unable to chase the boundary.
8. Failed batting, not even new
Pakistan’s batting in the match was equally worse. After Ahmad Shehzad’s walk back to pavilion there was a line of players coming in the field to score just 15 or 20 or even duck and going back to the pavilion. Skipper and experienced players like Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, and Imad Wasim even didn’t take the responsibility to bat wisely. Shoaib Malik’s run out and Imad’s duck proved them to be very unprofessional and irresponsible.
9. Flawed planning
Though Pakistan’s bowling is its strong point that could make the team win, however, Sarfraz’s flawed planning made the team’s strongest point even weakest.
Pakistan in reply to a target of 320/3 could just score 164/9 without putting a fight and gave the match to India easily which is painful for the Pakistani cricket fans in Pakistan and around the world. Due to such shabby performances, Pakistani supporters no more get excited for Pakistan Vs India match as it was the case some years back.