India defeated Pakistan by 89 runs at the World Cup at Old Trafford on Sunday, boosting their chances of a semi-final spot while pushing their Asian rivals closer to elimination.
India made 336-5 with Rohit Sharma hitting 140 before Pakistan finished on 212-6 to be well short of a rain-adjusted total.
Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed heavily criticised the teammates for their failure to give a substantive performance and warned of severe consequences in case if the team continues to fail on every front in the ongoing World Cup tournament, reported Geo News.
The skipper warned the players that in case of a knock out from the tournament, he won’t be the only one to be relieved from duties, in a dressing room meeting called after the humiliating 89 runs defeat against India.
“It’s foolish to think that I will be the only one going home. God forbids if something bad happens with the team. I won’t be the only facing the burnt, many others will also be relieved,” the skipper told the team.
Coach Mickey Arthur and senior players remained silent during the Sarfaraz’s charged speech to the team. Meanwhile, the players listened to him with their heads hung low with shame.
Sarfaraz directed the team to forget the recent defeat and concentrate on the remaining four matches of the tournament.
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed insists his team’s World Cup dream is not over yet despite their “hurtful” defeat against bitter rivals India on Sunday.
Pakistan are lying ninth, just above minnows Afghanistan, in the 10-team table.
`“The defeat against India hurts,” Sarfaraz said after Pakistan s seventh defeat in as many World Cup matches against India.
“Naturally when you lose like this, your morale goes down but we have to lift ourselves because we are still not out of the World Cup and have to win all our four remaining matches.”
Pakistan’s remaining matches are against South Africa, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Sarfaraz hasn’t given up hope of Pakistan somehow snatching an unlikely semi-final berth.
“We know the task is tough and we have to win all our matches so we have no margin of error,” said Sarfaraz, whose team opened the World Cup with a defeat against West Indies.
Sarfaraz admitted Pakistan s middle-order collapse was the turning point in their defeat.
“I think Babar (Azam) and Fakhar (Zaman) played really well, but unfortunately we lost too many wickets and that became the turning point,” said Sarfaraz.
Pakistan lost four wickets in the space of 18 balls, slumping from 117-1 to 129-5 after Babar and Fakhar added 104 runs for the second wicket.