Monday, 16 September 2019, +05:30
Space for Advertisement
Sports Tendulkar on India win: Pakistan didn't have a game...

Tendulkar on India win: Pakistan didn’t have a game plan

'I would have told them to change the angle and do something different. I never thought we were going to lose a wicket.'


Manchester: Legendary veteran cricketer  feels Pakistan skipper and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was confused and didn’t have a set game plan. Therefore India crushed Pakistan by 89-run (DLS method) in the crucial World Cup cricket fixture at the Old Trafford.

It was a great performance from the Men in Blue all the way as they first posted a mammoth 337-run target for Pakistan on Sunday and then defended it quite comfortably. With the win, India extended their unbeaten streak against Pakistan in World Cups, to 7-0.

Putting India to bat, Pakistan pacers, barring Mohammad Amir, didn’t seem to have control over their line and lengths. They were guilty of bowling short to openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, said Tendulkar. Both Wahab Riaz and Hassan Ali erred with their lengths and were not even consistent with their lines, allowing the Indian openers to get set and then unleash after the first 10 overs.

Even spinners Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan failed to apply pressure and were taken for plenty by the Indian batters, especially Rohit Sharma (140 off just 113 balls) who scored his second ton of the tournament.

Even during the chase, they failed to cope up with the pressure applied by the Indian bowlers, especially Kuldeep Yadav, who picked up the priced wickets of Fakhar Zaman (62) and Babar Azam (48) and made sure India’s dominance over Pakistan continued in the showpiece event.

“I thought he (Sarfaraz) was confused because when Wahab was bowling he had a short mid-wicket. And when Shadab came on to bowl he had a slip for him.

Sachin Tendulkar

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,” Tendulkar said.

“They lacked imagination, lacked out of the box thinking. If the ball is not moving around much, you don’t continue bowling over the wicket, Wahab went around the wicket but it was too late by then. Hassan 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,” Tendulkar added.

With seven points in four games, India are sitting pretty in the top pool of the points table. On the other hand, Pakistan just have three points from five games and are languishing at the bottom of the table, just above Afghanistan.

India play their next game against Afghanistan on Saturday while Pakistan face South Africa on Sunday.

Leave a Reply

Latest news

Khattar makes NRC election pitch before Haryana poll

While members of even the ruling coalition in Assam are unhappy with the way NRC has panned out in their state, some BJP leaders are going around the country promising a similar exercise nationwide

Gangwar retracts: North Indians unemployable, he’d said

When recruiters arrive, they say the quality of candidates they are looking for is not in adequate supply in these areas, Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Labour and Santosh Gangwar had said in Bareilly on Saturday

Crude oil supply crisis in market for the first time due to attack on Saudi plant

Due to the drone attack by Houthi rebels, supply has decreased by 5.7 million barrels per day, which is 6% of the global supply

Bheto Bangali: Why And How You Identify One

A one-word translation for 'bheto' may be an exercise in futility; phrases like 'rice-influenced' or ‘rice-oriented’ do serve as literal translations while not quite bringing out the rich and diverse connotations of this one-word nomenclature used to describe the typical Bengali mentality, one that transcends diet and encompasses multiple aspects of life
- Advertisement -

Freight Equalisation Policy Crippled Bihar, Bengal, Odisha

The equalisation policy ensured that and enjoyed hegemony in metal as well as while Bihar, and Odisha got an upper hand in none

Salman Khan gifted her no house, says Ranu Mondal

If Salman Khan had given me a house, he would have presented it to me in front of everyone: social media sensation-turned-singer Ranu Mondal

Must read

- Advertisement -

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you

%d bloggers like this: