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Sarfraz not a successful captain in ODIs against New Zealand

Pakistan cricket captain Sarfraz Ahmad is not a successful skipper in one day matches against New Zealand due to poor victory rate against the Kiwis.

Under the leadership of Sarfraz, Pakistan team has so far played eight one day internationals, striking victory in a lone match, suffering defeat in six outgoing as one match failed to provide any result, said the statistics ahead of Pakistan s crucial match of the ongoing World Cup against Kiwis in England,on Wednesday at Edgbaston.

Pakistan’s most successful captain in ODI s against New Zealand was Waqar Younis whose ability and bold leadership led the green shirts to success in all the eight one day matches played under his captaincy against New Zealand.

Pakistan bid to blemish New Zealand’s pristine World Cup 2019 record. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)

Former king of swing, Waseem Akram was the second most successful captain of Pakistan in ODI’s against Kiwis as he inspired the team to victory in the nine matches, out of the total twelve. In three ODI’s Pak team suffered defeat at the hands of New Lenders.

Pakistan cricket team would have to look into its weakest area of fielding, before going into the crunch match of the World Cup against New Zealand on Wednesday at Edgbaston, England.

An uphill task yet to be achieved by the green shirts is to strike a victory against Kiwis in the coming match, and win the games against Afghanistan as well as Bangladesh in order to remain in contention for the semi-final qualifications.

New Zealand, with five wins in six games and one game being washed out, are yet to be beaten in the World Cup. Pakistan, on the other hand, have won two of their six games and, in a must-win situation, should emerge the victors against New Zealand to stay relevant in the series.

“There’s always a bad day” for cricket teams, Mahmood said with a smile. They “do have one bad day after a streak of wins and I just hope it is theirs [New Zealand’s] tomorrow”.

“Anyway, we will have to be at our best … we must give our 100% in all three departments of the game,” the former all-rounder stated.

The bowling coach added that things are not really different as compared to 1992 and Pakistan team would play each game like their last. The team has played New Zealand enough times and knows about their strength and weaknesses, he added.

“Everyone is playing their part; there’s input from everyone, including our fielding coach from New Zealand, Grant Bradburn,” the bowling coach said.

In response to a question, Mahmood said Pakistan are very much alive in the tournament and they would try to give their best by winning all the remaining games.

“Top three needs to play an important role. If they can score big, then we will be in a position to beat any team.

“But I repeat that we need to be at best in all three departments of the game,” he added, expressing hope that Hasan Ali would return to form soon and that he just needed a good day to regain the momentum.

“If you look at Aamir, he was also struggling but this tournament has become his comeback event. He has regained his confidence.

“I hope Hasan [Ali] returns to the form soon as well,” he said.

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