In an unrestrained attack, the former Pakistan cricketer, Shoaib Akhtar, came down heavily on Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed's 'brainless captaincy' after a seventh consecutive loss of the country in the World Cup against India.
The former Pakistani pacer stated that the toss was a crucial win and that the Pakistan side should have chosen to bat first to set a target. However, the team failed to realise their strength, which is bowling, reiterating his 'brainless captaincy' and 'brainless management' jibe.
He said, "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 the strength, your strength is not batting its bowling."
"Now when you 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, brainless management. There was no thinking, one-dimensional players came to bat, but the toss was very crucial to win it and in that even if Pakistan scored 260 they would have done it because the pressure is on required run rate. But who would tell them? They don't understand. Go back in history, you lost the match with Australia. You thought it has rained, but it has not rained on the square, it's still dry. I think this was brainless captaincy, I wanted to put a little Imran Khan in him, but it's too late for him," he added.
In his extensive rant, Akhtar even called out Pakistani bowler Hasan Ali for failing to perform well and praised his own 'match-winning bowling' against New Zealand on the same field.
He said, "Yet again, our bowling, Hasan Ali, he can jump on Wagah border but when there is time to exert force, do it here. All these things look good if you take 6-7 wickets, you come here and give 82-84 runs, so I don't understand that. What mindset it this? I think his mindset is that he wants to be a T20 player, this is his 4th or 5th match for Pakistan and see the condition, neither is there any pace or swing. I'm failing to understand what he wants to achieve."
"Taking 4-5 wickets after scoring 300 plus is not a big deal. Amir bowled well, but it's not like I performed on this field, I won the man of the match because I did a match-winning bowling," he added.
Calling the performance 'disheartening and saddening,' the former Pakistani cricketer said that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is a former cricketer himself, should have tweeted to someone 'who has the capacity,' referring to Khan's tweet on Sunday wherein he asked the Pakistan team to choose bat first.
He said, "I think it's a very saddening and disheartening performance by Pakistan team captain and that's why I was saying that use your head but he tried to not use his brain. I feel bad that Pakistan could have won the match by winning the toss and they missed it. If Pakistan would have batted and score 320 above, then I would have seen how India would not be under pressure, but our management is stupid, the captain didn't know how to make decisions. Even Imran Khan tweeted, but he should've tweeted for someone who has the capacity, the capacity I didn't see it. This isn't shocking."
"India played well, you deserve all the cricket. You were the best team and you won that day. We played bad cricket as Pakistani," he added.
Brilliant knocks from Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli before the magnificent spells by the bowling unit guided India to beat Pakistan by 89 runs at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday.