Former Pakistan captain and coach Waqar Younis said that in the one-day World Cup played in England last year, his national team made a mistake of underestimating India’s top-order batsmen, which cost them by losing the match by a large margin. In the match played on 16 June 2019 at Manchester’s Old Trafford ground, India defeated Pakistan by 89 runs by the Duckworth Louis system. Waqar told the official Twitter handle of ‘Glowfans’ that Pakistan had felt that they would bowl the Indian top order cheaply by bowling first which would put the Indian team under pressure, but India had great batsmen in the top order.
He said, “I think Pakistan had made the wrong decision to bowl in that match by winning the toss.” Pakistan hoped that the pitch would initially help the fast bowlers and the team would pressurize the Indian openers by sending them to the pavilion early.
The former fast bowler said, “India had great openers. The pitch and conditions also did not support the fast bowlers and the Indian batsmen did not allow the bowlers to dominate. India put up such a big score that it was very difficult for Pakistan to get it. “India scored Pakistan for 336 for five in 50 overs on the basis of Rohit Sharma’s 113-ball 140 in the innings. Was allowed to score 212 runs in six overs in 40 overs.
Waqar said, “I think bowling Pakistan after winning the toss was a foolish decision.” Batting first on that pitch, pressure should have been made with a big score. Pakistan’s bowlers did not get help that day and India’s performance was amazing. “It was India’s seventh win against Pakistan in the World Cup, while Pakistan has not been able to win a single match so far.” Referring to the matches of India Pakistan in the World Cup, Waqar termed Sachin Tendulkar’s innings as the best in the 2003 World Cup.
Chasing a challenging score of 274 in this match played in South Africa, Tendulkar batted brilliantly but missed the century by two runs. India won the match by six wickets. On the question of Master Blaster Tendulkar fan Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary, referring to Sachin’s special innings, Waqar said, “It is difficult to describe Sachin Tendulkar’s innings against Pakistan in 2003 because he batted amazingly.” Our team had experienced bowlers and India was under pressure.
He said, “If you ask Sachin about this, he can say the same thing, that it was probably one of his best innings.” The way they put pressure on Shoaib Akhtar, Wasim Akram, and me and the way they attacked and got runs fast, I think it was an amazing inning. ”