'Sharam not found' - Aakash Chopra bashes ex-Pakistan cricketers for stating India lost 2019 WC game against England deliberately
Going further, Chopra also called for fines by the ICC on Pakistan cricketers.
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The controversy regarding Ben Stokes’ statement of England’s win over India in the World Cup 2019 round-robin match just doesn’t seem to end. The latest cricketer who has thrown his hat is former Indian batsman Aakash Chopra.
Everything started with Stokes writing about the match in his book, On Fire. Recalling the win which England got over India, the all-rounder stated that he was quite surprised with India’s approach in the match. Chasing a total of 338, Kohli’s team fell short by 31 runs. The win allowed England to have a chance to qualify for the next round. As it turned out, the hosts wouldn’t have made it to the knockouts had they lost the match.
After this statement came to life from Stokes, a few ex-cricketers from Pakistan started claiming that India had lost that match deliberately to ensure Pakistan’s disqualification. The most prominent statement came from ex-Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq. “There is no doubt that India lost on purpose. I had told this at that time as well. In fact, everyone else opined the same. For a person [Dhoni] who can hit fours and sixes at will, he was blocking everything…Hence, one tends to know,” said Razzaq.
ICC should fine former Pakistan cricketers: Aakash Chopra
After this statement from Razzaq arrived, many fans on social media criticized him. However, this didn’t stop the argument from the Pakistan cricketing fraternity. In all trueness, Pakistan would have qualified to the semi-finals had the result of this match been changed. But, the entire situation made cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra speak on it.
In his latest YouTube video, the former Indian opener bashed Pakistan cricketing community for making such statements. He spoke about former Pakistan captain Waqar Younis, who also echoed the sentiments of many ex-cricketers from Pakistan.
“I am wearing a T-shirt which says Sharam (shame) not found. Think a little and have some shame. Waqar Younis, despite being the brand ambassador for the ICC, gave a statement during the World Cup that India threw the match away on purpose. I mean seriously,” said Chopra. “It is understandable if the partnership between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma didn’t make sense to Stokes or if he was confused by Dhoni’s approach towards the end. But he never said that India deliberately lost the match.”
Going further, Chopra also called for fines by the ICC on Pakistan cricketers. He concluded that India lost one game in the first round and it just happened to be against the host nation.
“Former Pakistani cricketers are openly saying that India lost deliberately and ICC should fine them. How can you think like that? It was more important for India to top the group at that time. India only lost one game in the group stages and that happened to be that game against England,” he added.