ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan PM Imran Khan takes a dig at skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed for opting to bowl first against India

It has been more than a couple of months since Pakistan's defeat to India in Manchester, but the memories of that game still rankle Imran Khan.

FirstCricket Staff, Aug 28, 2019 15:43:28 IST

The humiliating defeat to India still rankles Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. It's tough for him to forget how captain Sarfaraz Ahmed's decision to bat second against India played a role in Pakistan losing the crucial match at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in Manchester.

Expectations were high when another India vs Pakistan clash at the mega event a month ago. However, it turned out to be a one-sided affair as Rohit Sharma's 140 guided India to an 89-run (DLS method) victory. Things didn't go well for Sarfaraz and Co. right from the moment they won the toss and elected to field first.

Prior to the game, former Pakistan cricketer had adviced Sarfaraz to bowl first. Imran had clearly mentioned that unless the pitch was damp, Pakistan should bat first after winning the toss. But Sarfaraz had other plans and his move backfired severely. The defeat continued Pakistan's winless run over India in World Cups.

It's been a couple of months since that defeat but Imran took a dig at Sarfaraz for not taking the advice seriously. “You win the toss and bat – don’t bat second. This is a mindset. You will have this dilemma throughout life,” Khan was quoted as saying during an event.

The Prime Minister was addressing students of the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute about the importance of the approach one adopts while entering a competition and used Pakistan's World Cup campaign as an example.

Pakistan bowlers were out-muscled by a great partnership between Rohit and KL Rahul. The duo troubled Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz for more than 23 overs and put on an impressive 136-run stand.

India put up a total of 336 for five in 50 overs. In reply, Pakistan kept losing wickets at regular intervals and lost the clash rather tamely.

After the match, Sarfaraz received a lot of flak. Pakistan, however, recovered and won their last four matches on the trot but it was a little too late to qualify for the semi-finals.

Updated Date: Aug 28, 2019 15:43:28 IST

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3795 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4784 252