The former Pakistan Captain Imran Khan believed that experienced batting duo of Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq should bat at number three and four spots in ongoing Cricket World Cup (CWC) would be more fruitful and benefitting.
“Younis and Misbah are our best Pakistan batsmen and should bat up in the top order instead of batting in a crisis situation down,” he told a private Television Channel in his comments. Younis and Misbah have to bat under pressure situation if wickets fell early,” he said.
“War is always fought from the front and we should use our best batman upfront for the job,” he said. We must set-up our batting order right for better batting show,” he said.
“I am surprised that why Younis and Misbah were kept away from cricket for quite some time. It did a great harm and damage to Pakistan cricket,” he said.
He said Kamran Akmal can bat at the top if he shows consistency. However he described his keeping against Sri Lanka as horrible. Despite vital lapses Pakistan team was lucky to win close the game,” he said.
Imran Khan under whom Pakistan won the 1992 World Cup at Melbourne complimented Pakistan’s 11-run victory over Sri Lanka in the second league round. However he said the real competition starts from the quarterfinals.
“Pakistan will easily reach the quarterfinals. But real competition starts from the knock-out round. You can afford mistakes in league matches but pressure in knock-out stage will altogether different and a small mistake can prove fatal,” he commented.
Cricketer-turn Politician, Imran Khan was of the view that pressure situation starts from the quarterfinals and Shahid Afridi led Pakistan team must prepare themselves to handle the pressure. Without handling pressure Pakistan team can not succeed.
He said this World Cup open and any of six teams are capable of winning it. “You can afford mistakes in league matches but teams can not afford mistake from the quarterfinal round,” he pointed out. Teams having killers’ instinct will ultimately emerge winner in this World Cup,” he added.
Another former Pakistan Captain Wasim Akram lauded the triumph at the home of Sri Lankan cricket. “I enjoyed the Pakistan win infront of the packed R.Premadasa Stadium, who played a vital role in 1992 World Cup and lead Pakistan in 1999 World Cup in England, said.
He credited Shahid Afridi for his outstanding bowling show after taking five wickets in the opening game against Kenya. Afridi also completed the 300 wicket during the match.
Wasim Akram expressed his surprise over none inclusion of off-break bowler Saeed Ajmal in the team. “Saeed could have proved dangerous against Sri Lankan left handed batsmen,” he stressed.
But Imran Khan and Wasim Akram were of the view that both spinners Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal should have be inducted in the playing XI against Sri Lanka.
“I am surprised at the bowling of Umer Gul. He did not bowl a single slower delivery during the match,” he remarked.
Former Indian Opener Novjot Sidhu while praising Pakistan’s fighting show added like always Pakistan is consistent with their surprised inconsistencies.