ICC World Cup 2011 Ind vs. Pak Semifinal: Why Did Pakistan Lose?

ICC World Cup 2011 Ind vs. Pak Semifinal: Why Did Pakistan Lose?

Karāchi : Pakistan | Mar 30, 2011 at 10:49 AM PDT
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Pakistani analysts opine that Pakistan lost because of not being able to handle the immense pressure of the semifinal match against India.

According to former Pakistan Captain Javed Miandad, key players were under the huge burden of performing well in the match. He further added that Umar Gul, in his yesterday’s press speech, shared that he would be able to perform well if there was another fast bowler like Shoaib Akhter in the squad because the presence of another pace bowler would put some burden off his shoulders. This was a clear statement indicating that he was feeling the pressure of the match.

Secondly, Imran Khan, too, had advised Pakistani side via media platform to include another fast bowler in the semifinal match. He was actually suggesting the inclusion of Shoaib Akhter.

Besides bowling, Pakistan’s fielding did not meet the expectations at all. There were four missed catches in the match. Two of them were of the leading scorer, Sachin Tendulkar. Had Tendulkar been out earlier, Pakistan would have been chasing a comparatively low score.

Pakistan’s batting, too, was very poor in the game. Javed Miandad said, “Misbah ul Haq was playing as if it was a test match.” The rest of the team was too anxious to finish the match early.

Experts’ final opinion says that due to strong pressure of the host team, Pakistan couldn't perform well in all departments.

sanain is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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