India’s Cricket Is In Good Place: Wasim Akram
Pakistan’s cricket fraternity have praised the Indian team for their incredible run to the World Cup final, with legend Wasim Akram saying their cricket is “in a good place” despite the loss to Australia in the final. titles. Australia ended India’s run in the final with a six-wicket win to extend their dominance in the tournament. “Obviously they have to be broken to lose the final, but these things happen in cricket. India had one bad day, and unfortunately, it came in the final,” said Akram.
“You look at their structure, the money for players, the well thought out programs and the reserve talent and really it’s just a matter of continuing to do these things. Their cricket is in a good place,” he said.
Akram said as a former player he knows how mentally tough the Australians are when they fight out.
“I was captain when we played them in the 1999 World Cup final and although we beat them in the league stage, in the final they were a different side just like yesterday in Ahmedabad.” Some, like former Pakistan wicketkeeper Rashid Latif, felt that the Indian team was in no way inferior to the Australians.
“Maybe it’s just a psychological thing with the Indian players. Even this team that won the last World Cup was just a credit to the Australians for showing again how tough and mentally organized they are in their sports,” a Latif said.
Latif pointed out that seamer Mohammad Shami’s bowling in the World Cup was outstanding.
“You look at the way he came up and he did so well. In my opinion he was the standout player for India in this World Cup.” Former Pakistan captain Misbah ul Haq felt that the Australians read the pitch better than the Indians and the throw was very important.
“The batting side needed over 300 on this pitch initially to defend it,” he said.
Misbah also praised Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli for setting a good example during the tournament.
“I think the young players must have learned a lot from these two in the dressing room and in this World Cup.” Former players Basit Ali and Kamran Akmal believed it was time for India to start focusing on building a T20 team for next year’s World Cup.
“…But it will be difficult for the Indian selectors not to think of Rohit, Virat or Jadeja for the series in South Africa or even the Champions Trophy in 2025,” Basit said.
Former batsman Mohsin Khan said that Pakistan must learn from how India and Australia have adapted themselves to the needs of today’s cricket, especially in the World Cup.
“Instead of looking at India’s victory we must realize that this year they have already played in two ICC finals, losing both times to Australia. They are doing something right.”
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