After the devastating defeat in the World Cup opener, Pakistan team’s coach Waqar Younis has expressed his optimism towards the team’s recovery and comeback in the ongoing mega tournament.
“We can all see what went wrong. We didn’t play well, India played better than us by building partnerships, probably we took more pressure,” said Waqar.
“But we have to realise that it’s just the start and there are more games to play and we will come back in the matches ahead,” the former strike bowler further added.
The 15th February match between Pakistan and India saw a dismal performance from the Green Shirts, who not only lost the bout, but also exhibited lack of coordination and responsible cricket. The 76-run defeat came after the whole Pakistan squad was dismissed on a total of 224 while chasing India’s 300.
The Green Shirts will now be battling the West Indians this Saturday at Christchurch, who themselves lost their first match against Ireland, leaving their fans shocked.
Speaking about the team’s performance, Waqar pointed out the side’s weak batting as one of the major reasons behind the defeat.
“Unfortunately our batting did not click. A target of 300 runs in Australia and New Zealand is chaseable, this has become the norm, a par total, and we have to chase down 300 in games ahead,” opined the coach.
The Pakistan team had experimented by sending in Younis Khan as opener, but the decision had backfired when the veteran batsman was dismissed at a total of 6 runs. Now if the team management decides to drop Younis, Nasir Jamshed is expected to take his spot.