CWC 2019: Akram hits out at Pakistan batsmen
The unpredictable game has exceeded fans’ expectations, especially at this World Cup. Some good teams were given a reality check in the warmup games so much so that they could correct their woes even before entering into the showpiece event.
But Pakistan couldn’t produce the kind of sheer killer blow in the tournament opener. Their catastrophic failure against West Indies has long been the subject of trolls and anectodes. The Green Shirts were thoroughly outplayed by the Caribbeans and as many as 7 Pakistan batsmen fell prey to Windies bowlers in the short-pitched deliveries.
Their inability to tackle this kind of deliveries was a final nail in the coffin for an unpredictable brigade like Pakistan and this is something which the team needs to work on it before it is too late.
Akram slams Pakistan batsmen
Many experts criticised Pakistan’s performance and former Pakistan legendary bowler Wasim Akram was one among them to join the bandwagon to launch a scathing attack at the batters. Pakistan were slumped to a 7-wicket defeat to Windies as they hardly put on a show while batting as they were skittled out for a paltry 105.
“We have been playing on flat wickets of Sharjah and Dubai for years and that’s why we struggle when we get short balls on wickets like this. Today the batting shortcomings were exposed, everyone has seen the match and people now know exactly where to bowl to Pakistani batsmen.
After losing two initial wickets, players had to stay on wickets but they couldn’t. They must learn how to stay on the wicket and seeing off the ball. In such conditions, you have to survive initial overs,” Wasim Akram said while speaking to Geo News.
Talking about Hasan Ali’s reckless shot, Wasim Akram reckoned that the lower-order shouldn’t be blamed for the performance asHasan Ali could have played smartly.
“It looked like that he was chicken-hearted, when there was a set player at the other end then his job was to stay and rotate strike back to him there was not any need to slog and lose the wicket,” Akram further added.