Even as Indian cricket fans broke into celebrations in India, reaction on the other side of the border was grim with former Pakistani players slamming Shahid Afridi for his “tactically weak” captaincy.
Angry Pakistani fans also resorted to smashing TV sets to show their disgust on loosing the match.
Pakistan was playing their 11th World Cup match against India (counting both 50 overs and T20 format) and again were not able to convert the match into victory against their arch-rivals.
They ended up loosing by 6 wickets in Kolkata, a result that also ensured that India was not ousted from the ICC world events.
Reacting to how Pakistan played, former players and experts soon lashed out at Afridi and his decision to drop spinner Emad Wasim.
While former Test batsman Basit Ali said that “former captain Imran Khan deliberately gave wrong advice to the team.”
West Indian great Brian Lara also questioned Pakistan’s decision to not play a specialist spinner, he said:
“I don’t consider him (Afridi) a spinner or a proper batsman. I used to play him like a pace bowler. I am surprised that Pakistan dropped a spinner for the match against India. Neither Afridi nor Shoaib Malik are proper spinners and you needed a specialist spinner who can turn the ball in the match. Both bowled short of length and didn’t get the right turn.”
Pakistan’s former captain Rashid Latif too rued the absence of stability in the current Pakistan team and said “It made no sense to not take a specialist spinner to India. Worst to also drop a spinner for this match.”