India's thrashing of Pakistan in U-19 World Cup showed huge gap between teams, says Javed Miandad

Javed Miandad stated that India's lop-sided win over Pakistan in the ICC U-19 World Cup highlighted the huge gulf in talent between the nations, while ruing the absence of stars such as Virat Kohli in his country.

PTI, February 10, 2018

Karachi: Javed Miandad stated that India's lop-sided win over Pakistan in the ICC U-19 World Cup highlighted the huge gulf in talent between the nations, while ruing the absence of stars such as Virat Kohli in his country.

Terming Virat Kohli as best in the world, Miandad, who appeared in 124 Tests in an illustrious career, rued the absence of players of the Indian captain's calibre in Pakistan.

"Winning and losing is part of the game but when I watched the semi-final I could see the gap between the two teams in terms of game sense, professionalism and system," he told PTI.

File photo of Javed Miandad. Reuters

File photo of Javed Miandad. Reuters

"One main reason for that is Virat Kohli. He is without doubt the best today. He has the technique and temperament and approach to get runs anywhere.

We are not producing players of his calibre for a number of reasons," Miandad said.

Lamenting that in the past Pakistan used to produce more world-class players than other countries including India, the former captain pointed out that Pakistan cricket was lagging behind because of the non-professional attitude of the cricket board (PCB).

"They don't seem to understand the importance of U-19 cricket or domestic cricket. Their main focus is the PSL. But even for the PSL to become better and greater, we need to first salvage our cricket system," he said.

He said substandard pitches and absence of any long-term plan or incentive to produce batsmen of calibre had hit Pakistani cricket hard.

"We won the Champions Trophy out of nowhere. It was a great performance and it injected life into cricket in Pakistan. But we manage to do this only because of our raw talent.

"Just imagine if that talent is groomed through a proper selection system and in a strong cricket system what we can achieve," he said.

Miandad, who also coached the Pakistan team in three different terms, said there was no control over expenses in the PCB and there were number of employees who were doing nothing and getting heavy salaries.

"To make matters worse, present cricketers, I don't think, are spending enough time individually on sharpening their skills. Fitness is very important but so is working on one's skill level," he said.

"Kohli has improved over the years and one can see he works hard individually on his game."

Updated Date: Feb 10, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114