“If I Say It Doesn’t Make Difference…”: Pakistan Star Fakhar Zaman On Defeat Against India
A stunning seven-wicket win over Bangladesh certainly lifted the mood in the Pakistan camp and opener Fakhar Zaman said on Tuesday that they are firmly focused on making the semi-finals, despite all the odds. Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi led the over-the-top pace attack to bowl out Bangladesh for a paltry 204 before strolling home in 32.3 overs to significantly increase their net run rate.
“Every win in the World Cup gives you confidence. We also waited for this win,” Zaman said at the post-match media interaction.
“We have now started to find our rhythm. Against South Africa, we made comebacks and batting as well as bowling.
“We are getting our combinations right. I have been part of this dressing room for eight years now, it will improve further,” he said.
Making a comeback after five games, Fakhar hit a ball 74-81 and laid the foundation with Abdullah Shafique (68) in a 128-run opening stand. It was a straight chase for Pakistan as they looked desperate to seal the target.
“The situation we are in at the moment, we wanted to chase it in 29-30 goals. There will be numbers and talents, but our goal is the semi-finals and we will try only for that,” he said.
The win saw Pakistan snap their four game losing streak and move past Afghanistan into fifth place on net run rate with six points.
They now need wins against New Zealand and England in their last two games to reach 10 points and hope that at least one of New Zealand or Australia will slip in the points table by two or more games.
Zaman had to sit out for five games after they opened the World Cup against the Netherlands.
“The injury wasn’t that bad and I had to sit out to be careful. If I needed the team, I would have played. I got a chance today, and I did my best in team wins.” Zaman said he is hungry for more such knocks.
“The way I’m playing in the nets I have a good idea of the ball coming on the bat well. On Indian wickets, the key is to hang around for three or four overs and then it’s easy runs to score. boundaries are also short. I want to perform the same in the next matches, so that we make semi-finals.” He also said that the bowlers have adapted to the conditions in India now.
“If you spend time in the middle you get an idea, at first our pacers wanted more but the key here is accuracy,” he said.
Asked if Pakistan’s loss to India still hurt, he said: “Obviously, an India-Pakistan match is a big deal. If I say it doesn’t make a difference, I’d be wrong.
“But all the players are professional and have played a lot of cricket. Even against India, they have played a lot of games. So, you can’t say that.”
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