Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed responded to former pacer Shoaib Akhtar’s criticism of him and the team post the Men in Green’s defeat against India in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. The Pakistan skipper was termed ‘brainless’ by Akthar, who vented out his frustration on the 32-year-old bashing him for making a few poor calls in the game including his decision to bowl first after winning the toss.
The Pakistan team was bashed right, left and centre after they lost to arch-rivals India by 89 runs via DLS method in a much-awaited clash at Old Trafford in Manchester. Riding on Rohit Sharma’s brilliant century and Virat Kohli’s brisk fifty, India posted a strong total of 336 runs on the board before restricting Pakistan on 212/6 in 40 overs to win the game comfortably and continue their unbeaten run in the tournament.
Akhtar, who remains a keen follower of the game post his retirement, slammed Sarfraz for failing to inspire the side to stage a fight against a superior Indian team. “I can’t understand how Sarfraz can be so brainless. How could he forget that we don’t chase very well. Knowing our strength, which is bowling, is important. The game was half-won by Pakistan when Sarfraz won the toss, but he tried hard to lose the match,” Akhtar was quoted as saying on his YouTube channel.
Sarfraz didn’t sound a pleased man by any stretch of the imagination as he finally opened up on the criticism from the former pacer at the pre-match conference ahead of Pakistan’s upcoming clash against South Africa. Sarfraz made it quite clear that he didn’t want to say anything to Akhtar as any statement against him will invite further criticism for him from the 43-year-old. The Pakistan skipper went on to mention that some people sitting in front of a television start thinking they are God even when they are not.
“If I say something to him, then he’ll start scolding us again. As per him, we aren’t players. I don’t want to tell what we are. If we speak out then we’ll be bashed for retaliating. Some people are sitting on the television, thinking they are God,” a furious Sarfraz said in the pre-match press conference.
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Pakistan have not had the best of World Cups so far as they find themselves placed on the eighth spot on the table after managing to win just one of their first five games. The Men in Green find themselves on the brink of elimination with remaining four games being virtual must-win encounters.