Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar feels Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was a “confused” man and his team lacked “imagination” during the World Cup clash against India in Manchester on Sunday. India outplayed Pakistan by 89 runs after setting them a steep target of 337 with Rohit Sharma slamming a hundred and Virat Kohli and K L Rahul clinching half-centuries.
They lacked out of the box thinking
“I thought he (Sarfaraz) was confused because when Wahab (Riaz) was bowling he had a short mid-wicket. And when Shadab (Khan) came on to bowl he had a slip for him,” Tendulkar said.
“In these conditions it becomes difficult for a leg-spinner to grip the ball, especially when he’s not getting the right line and length. That is not the right way to approach a big game. They lacked imagination, lacked out of the box thinking,” he added.
Tendulkar said none of the Pakistani bowlers managed to exploit the conditions and he never felt an Indian wicket would fall because of the opposition tactics. “If the ball is not moving around much, you don’t continue bowling over the wicket, Wahab (Riaz) went around the wicket but it was too late by then,” Tendulkar opined.
“Hassan (Ali) was the only guy to get the ball to move off the surface. I would have told them to change the angle and do something different. I never thought we were going to lose a wicket,” he added.
The Men in Blue kept their World Cup record in-tact, beating Pakistan for the record seventh time, in a clinical fashion at the Old Trafford in Manchester. India posted a massive first innings total on the back of Rohit Sharma’s scintillating knock and vital fifties from Virat Kohli and KL Rahul. In the second innings, Pakistan did give a slight scare but then once again they boiled up in the pressure of a World Cup game against India and suffered a huge batting collapse and with that lost the game as well.
With this victory, India have now climbed to the third spot on the points table. Undefeated India will next play Afghanistan on Sunday in Southampton.