Highly unprofessional performance by Pakistan players: Zaheer Abbas
On the other hand, he found the Indian skipper Rohit Sharma was quite impressive with the bat.
Updated - Sep 21, 2018 6:33 pm
The India-Pakistan rivalry has continued to flourish despite there being no bilateral ties between both the nations. After having lost the Champions Trophy final last year, India came back strongly in the Asia Cup contest. After bundling Pakistan for a total of 162, the Men in Blue chased it with 21 overs and 8 wickets to spare. It was a poor show by the Men in Green and have been heavily criticised since.
Former Pakistani cricketer Zaheer Abbas was quite displeased with his team’s performance. The batting legend felt that there was a lack of application from the Pakistani batsmen. He also asserted that the bowlers failed to apply any kind of pressure on the Indian batsmen. On the other hand, he found the Indian skipper Rohit Sharma quite impressive.
Highly unprofessional performance by Pakistan players
Zaheer termed the performances highly unprofessional. He felt that the pitch wasn’t bad for batting as portrayed by their batsmen. The former captain was quite right as most of their batsmen got out playing rash shots and were soft dismissals. He stated that the batting lineup is extremely talented and could change the game in its head on their day.
“It was a highly unprofessional performance from Pakistan. Poor approach from the batsmen. The conditions weren’t bad for batting. Though I believe the Indians have a good bowling attack, it wasn’t that great. There are very capable batsmen in the Pakistan team. If players like Fakhar Zaman get going then we have a great chance of beating any team.” he told The News International.
Impressed with how Rohit crafted his innings
In response to Pakistan’s 162, the Indian openers were off to a terrific start. Rohit Sharma smashed a quick-fire half century as he didn’t allow the bowlers to settle. Abbas was particularly in awe with the way Rohit built his innings. The Indian captain began slow before going all bonkers on the bowling lineup. He even took Mohammed Amir someone he has struggled against to the cleaners.
“The Indian batsmen played very professionally. They didn’t take any risks but they didn’t shy from scoring runs either. I was impressed with how Rohit crafted his innings. He rotated the strike and never wasted any opportunity to score runs. The bad part was that you didn’t see any real will to go out there and make a match out of it. Our bowlers were unable to rise to the occasion. They were unable to put any worthwhile pressure on the Indian batsmen.”
Both the teams are going to meet again on Sunday for their Super 4 clash.