Vastavam web: Former pacer Shoaib Akhtar has slammed Sarfaraz Ahmed’s ‘brainless captaincy’ after Pakistan’s humiliating 89-run loss to India in the World Cup. “I don’t understand how can a captain be so brainless, couldn’t Sarfaraz think that we don’t chase well. Square of the wicket is dry, the wicket is not wet. Knowing the fact and your strength is not batting it’s bowling,” Akhtar said on his official YouTube channel. Pakistan added one more defeat to their already dismal record in the World Cup against India, taking it to 7-0 in favour of the arch-rivals.
According to Akhtar, winning the toss was crucial aspect of the game and half the match was won had Sarfaraz decided to bat first. “Now when you had won the toss, you had won half the match there. But what did you do? You tried that we should not win this match. Yet again, brainless captaincy, utterly stupid management.” Highlighting Pakistan’s in ability to chase, Akhtar referred to their defeat to India in 1999 and the previous game against Australia.
“We don’t have a history of chasing. Inzamam, Yusuf, Saeed Anwar, Shahid Afridi all big batsmen were playing in this ground in 1999 and we had to make 227, we weren’t able to do that. So when you got the chance after winning the toss you should have batted.” The Rawalpindi Express also criticised the batsmen for not making use of the conditions unlike their Indian counterparts.