I felt ashamed watching the match against Bangladesh, says angry Saeed Ajmal
Pakistan lost the must-win game by 37 runs.
Published - Sep 27, 2018 2:16 pm | Updated - Sep 27, 2018 2:16 pm
Pakistan team’s early exit from the Asia Cup hasn’t gone well with the former cricketers and understandably they are being critical of Sarfraz Ahmed and Co. The Men in Green were the favourites when the tournament started and they also began in style with a thumping win over Hong Kong. But the matches against India put them under immense pressure and they lost their plot. They lost against Bangladesh in a must-win game and Saeed Ajmal has come down hard on the team for their lacklustre show.
Chasing the total of 240 runs, the top-order lost their way again and Pakistan were reduced to 18/3 in no time. Shoaib Malik once again came to the fore for the team and he resurrected the innings along with Imam-ul-Haq. But once the former was sent back, it was all one-way traffic again as they could only reach 202 runs in 50 overs.
Ajmal had some harsh words for his team and also said he felt ashamed while watching them bat against Bangladesh in a must-win clash. He also pointed out that the teams like Bangladesh used to shiver while playing against Pakistan and even they are sledging the team and there will no worse situation for Pakistan’s cricket.
We played like kids against India
“These are the teams that used to be scared of hearing Pakistan’s name, they would lose the match after hearing the name of Pakistan. Now these team’s bowlers are showing eyes to our batsmen, daring us to do anything. This is what it has come to. The performance was so bad that I felt ashamed watching the match against Bangladesh,” the former Pakistan spinner was quoted as saying by Pak Passion.
Sarfraz and his men were humbled by India not once but twice in the tournament and the much-awaited rivalry ended up being one-sided. While they were annihilated by eight wickets in the group stage match, the Super Four tussle was even more discouraging as India romped home with nine wickets and more than 10 overs to spare chasing 238 runs.
Ajmal believed that India-Pakistan matches were like kids playing against the legends and said, “Against India, we played like kids who they have raised.”
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