'Neglect Of Batsmanship Must End': Pakistan Media Blasts Babar Azam & Co For The Defeat vs India In T20 WC 2024 Clash

'Neglect Of Batsmanship Must End': Pakistan Media Blasts Babar Azam & Co For The Defeat vs India In T20 WC 2024 Clash

Pakistan media didn't have any mercy or any empathy towards Babar Azam and his boys after the defeat against Team India in the T20 World Cup 2024.

Hrishikesh DamodarUpdated: Tuesday, June 11, 2024, 01:00 AM IST
article-image

Pakistani media came down very hard on Babar Azam-led Men in Green following their six-run defeat against Team India in the T20 World Cup 2024 clash at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York on Sunday, June 9.

It was a crucial game for Pakistan following their shocking defeat against the co-hosts USA on June 6 in Dallas. However, Pakistan failed to seize the opportunity when they were in a winning position during the 120-run chase. After bundling out India for 119 in 19 overs, the Men in Green were restricted to 113/7 in a stipulated 20 overs.

The turning point of the match was the wicket of Mohammad Rizwan, who was anchoring Pakistan's innings until he was dismissed by Jasprit Bumrah for 31 off 44 balls. Rizwan's dismissal put a brake on Pakistan's momentum. Eventually, the Men in Green fell just 7 runs short of achieving the target.

Batters like Babar Azam (13), Fakhar (8), Shadab Khan (4) and Imad Wasim (15) failed to step up for the team when they were needed the most.

Jasprit Bumrah was one of the architects behind the Team India's victory as he registered the figures of 3/14 with an economy rate of 3.50 in four overs. Bumrah was supported by Hardik Pandya, who picked two wickets, while Arshdeep Singh and Axar Patel picked a wicket each.

Pakistan media shows no mercy to Babar Azam & co

Pakistan media didn't have any mercy or any empathy towards Babar Azam and his boys after the defeat against Team India in the T20 World Cup 2024.

Many Pakistani media outlets questioned Pakistan's timid batting and failure of the star players to perform in 120-run chase. "India fought like tigers and Pakistan lacked conviction and class in their batting." the Dawn wrote.

"It was a sad, sobering day for Pakistan cricket, who have had a disastrous time in the USA. To see how far the standards of the country’s batsmen, in particular, have fallen must lead to some deep reflection for the cricket board. Pakistan's neglect of batsmanship must end." Dawn added.

Another Pakistan new outlet 'The International News' stated that 'reckless batting' cost the Men in Green a victory.

"The reckless batting line-up fell miserably in pursuit of a meager 120 runs target and was restricted to 113 for 7 at the end to hand over an unlikely six-run win to arch-rivals." The International News wrote.

Pakistani journalist Arfa Feroz Zake opined that inclusion of meritless players in the team led to downfall of Pakistan cricket.

"Pakistan Cricket Team is surrounded by WRONG NUMBERS who are NOT appointed on merit which is one reason for the downfall of Pakistan Cricket." Zake wrote on X.

Several other Pakistani journalists and media outlets were disappointed with the way Men in Green performed in the T20 World Cup clash against Team India. Lacklustre performance by the middle-order batters has also been called into question.

Pakistan to undergo 'major' surgery after defeat vs India

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Mohsin Naqvi was disappointed with the team's performance against India and hinted that Pakistan will undergo 'major surgery' for restructuring of its team.

Speaking to the reporters after the match, Naqvi said, "Defeat against India was disappointing in every sense."

"It seemed that a minor surgery would work but after this bad performance, I’m now sure that a major surgery is required. The nation will soon see a major overhaul." he added.

In the opening match, Pakistan suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of the co-hosts USA in the Super Over. Babar Azam-led side was heavily criticized by fans and former Pakistan cricketers for losing to an associate team.

Pakistan are virtually out of the tournament following two consecutive defeats against the USA and India.

Babar Azam-led side will play the next match against Canada at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York on Tuesday, June 11.

RECENT STORIES

Javelin Star Neeraj Chopra Wins Gold Medal With 85.97m Throw at Paavo Nurmi Games; VIDEO

Javelin Star Neeraj Chopra Wins Gold Medal With 85.97m Throw at Paavo Nurmi Games; VIDEO

'Fan Is Pakistani': Haris Rauf Confirms To Anchor As Basit Ali Flays Pacer For Assuming Person As...

'Fan Is Pakistani': Haris Rauf Confirms To Anchor As Basit Ali Flays Pacer For Assuming Person As...

'No One Has The Right To Disrespect Any Human Being': Pakistan Cricketers Rally Behind Haris Rauf...

'No One Has The Right To Disrespect Any Human Being': Pakistan Cricketers Rally Behind Haris Rauf...

'End Of An Era In New Zealand Cricket': Fans React To Kane Williamson Stepping Down As Skipper After...

'End Of An Era In New Zealand Cricket': Fans React To Kane Williamson Stepping Down As Skipper After...

Kane Williamson Steps Down As New Zealand Captain, Renounces Central Contract After Team's Shock...

Kane Williamson Steps Down As New Zealand Captain, Renounces Central Contract After Team's Shock...