Pakistan needs to bring their A-game said former captain Younis
Former Pakistan bowler Waqar Younis said that the team should bring their A-game if they want to beat India and stay in the ICC Cricket World Cup tournament.
“If Pakistan want to stay in the tournament, they have to bring an A-plus performance and win that game,” said Younis in a column posted on the International Cricket Council (ICC) website. “When Pakistan play India it’s always a huge game, but their meeting on Sunday is shaping up to be more crucial than ever.”
Younis mentioned the long-standing rivalry between Pakistan and India. He continued that games between Pakistan and India have always meant a lot to both countries.
“Pakistan’s track record is very mixed, but that’s all gone,” said Younis. “That’s all history. It’s a new game, a new day.”
Younis also added that the Shaheens need to support their fast bowler Mohammed Amir more in matches. This comes after Amir returned his career-best figures of 5-30 against their match with Australia on Wednesday. However Pakistan was still beaten by Australia by 41 runs.
“Mohammad Amir didn’t get any support from the other end (against Australia). No one really saw the comeback coming and for that, you have to take your hat off to Amir. Full marks to him for the way he bowled,” stated Younis.
“Even with the new ball, I thought he bowled quite nicely. He could have picked up more than five wickets in the end. He was unfortunate with a couple of nicks early on.”
“Amir bowled superbly. He showed us all his cutters, variations and short-pitched deliveries,” continued Younis.
Pakistan will be playing against India on Sunday at Old Trafford Cricket Ground. The Shaheens currently have +200 odds to win the game while India have -244 odds.
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