Iconic India batsman Sachin Tendulkar has lashes out at Sarfraz Ahmed and criticised Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed for looking “confused” during his side’s World Cup clash against India on Sunday.
The blockbuster clash was touted to be the biggest of the World Cup so far but it turned out to be a one-sided contest as India completely outplayed Pakistan in all three departments to register their seventh successive win in a World Cup match against their arch-rivals.
In addition to Sarfraz’s captaincy struggles, Tendulkar also felt that the men in green “lacked imagination”.
I thought he was confused because when Wahab (Riaz) was bowling he had a short midwicket. And when Shadab (Khan) came on to bowl he had a slip for him, said Tendulkar.
In these conditions it becomes difficult for a leg-spinner to grip the ball, especially when he’s not getting the right line and length. That is not the right way to approach a big game,” Tendulkar told India Today.
“They lacked imagination, lacked out of the box thinking. If the ball is not moving around much, you don’t continue bowling over the wicket, Wahab went around the wicket but it was too late by then. Hasan (Ali) was the only guy to get the ball to move off the surface. I would have told them to change the angle and do something different. I never thought we were going to lose a wicket.”
Pakistan legend Waqar Younis also criticised Pakistan team and claimed India are superior to his former team because Virat Kohli’s men intimidate their arch rivals.
Waqar believes Pakistan struggled to cope with the pressure put on them by India, who excel at team-play while his country rely too much on individuals.
“In the last few years, there’s been a massive difference India and Pakistan – and again it showed at Old Trafford on Sunday,” Waqar said.
“Pakistan are still trying to rely on talent alone, while with India it’s all about teamwork. They all know their roles, and they execute them superbly. We had good sides in the 1990s, but now I think this India team intimidates Pakistan.”
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has admitted that his side currently just aren’t as good as India. Sarfraz pointed out that Pakistan used to be the better side back in the day.
“In the 1990s, Pakistan had the upper hand but now India’s team is better, that’s why they [have] won more matches,” Sarfraz said.