‘What Should I Say?’: Waqar Younis Speechless After Pakistan Lose to India

Former Pakistan fast-bowler Waqar Younis slammed the Babar Azam-led side after their six-run defeat to India in the T20 World Cup clash, saying what can he comment if the team can’t win despite bowling out the opposition cheaply.

“I think India gave Pakistan a good chance of winning this game by batting poorly. They could have easily put up maybe 140-150. Losing those seven wickets right at the end didn’t really help. However, India is such a good balanced side.

“If they don’t bat well, they know they have got (Jasprit) Bumrah, (Mohammed) Siraj, Ravindra (Jadeja) – they have their bowling and fielding also really covered, which makes them a super team.

“Pakistan – if you can’t win this game, what should I say? This was given to you on a plate and Pakistan really spilled it. It was a horrible performance by the Pakistani batters. There were a few partnerships in the beginning but they couldn’t really finish the game,” said Waqar to Star Sports after the match.

He also felt wicketkeeper-batter Muhammad Rizwan shouldn’t have gone across the line against Jasprit Bumrah, a move which backfired hugely as he was castled, that set the charge for India to roar back and win the match, which is now the lowest successful total they have defended in Men’s T20Is.

“The game was in the hand, it was run-a-ball. That shot from Mohammad Rizwan was very ordinary, and when he played that shot and got out, I knew something special was going to happen because we know Bumrah and Siraj’s capabilities,” he added.

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