ISLAMABAD: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has counselled his young team not to fear about the opening World Cup game against India at Adelaide Oval Sunday as they have nothing to lose keepimg view Pakistan’s record of five defeats in as many WC matches against their arch rival.
Speaking ahead of what will be his final World Cup campaign, Misbah said he wanted his players to embrace the motivational element of the poor history against India, rather than ignoring it.
Having brought a team to the tournament that lacks experience if not talent, Misbah has seen enough evidence in recent days to suggest they will be capable of doing so.
“I think it’s a big motivation for us that we’ve never won a game in the World Cup against India,” Misbah told.
“So if we can just make it with an inexperienced team, most of the guys playing for the first time in a World Cup, that’s a big motivation for them,” ESPN Star reported.
“We’ve got nothing to lose – just go out there, express yourselves and try to win it.
Try to play good cricket.
That will be a key for us.
You don’t have to be afraid, because you can’t control the result. What you can do is control your effort – go there, express yourself, put your efforts in and wait for the result that happens.”
“Our top order is doing well in bits and pieces, not having big innings yet, but I think Younis Khan is playing well, Haris Sohail is also playing well – it is unfortunate they are not getting big runs at the moment,” he said.
“Ahmed Shehzad is another key player for us and we’re hoping that in the tournament he really comes through and that could really help us.
But at the moment Sohaib Maqsood me and Umar Akmal are in good nick, and Shahid Afridi is also batting well.
I think there are a lot of positives but also areas where we need to improve.”