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Sarfaraz Was "confused", Pakistan Lacked Imagination, Says Sachin Tendulkar After India Defeats Pak At World Cup 2019

Written By Press Trust Of India | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Sachin Tendulkar has given his verdict on the Pakistan team after their loss to India in the World Cup
  • He has said that the Pakistan captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed, was 'confused'
  • Pakistan lacked imagination, Tendulkar has said, about India's 7th consecutive win over Pakistan at World Cups

Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar feels Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was a "confused" man and his team lacked "imagination" during the World Cup clash against India here.

India outplayed Pakistan by 89 runs after setting them a steep target of 337 with Rohit Sharma slamming a hundred and Virat Kohli and K L Rahul clinching half-centuries. 

"I thought he (Sarfaraz) was confused because when Wahab (Riaz) was bowling he had a short mid-wicket. And when Shadab (Khan) came on to bowl he had a slip for him," Tendulkar told 'India Today'.

"In these conditions it becomes difficult for a leg-spinner to grip the ball, especially when he's not getting the right line and length. That is not the right way to approach a big game," he added. 

"They lacked imagination, lacked out of the box thinking."

Tendulkar said none of the Pakistani bowlers managed to exploit the conditions and he never felt an Indian wicket would fall because of the opposition tactics.

"If the ball is not moving around much, you don't continue bowling over the wicket, Wahab (Riaz) went around the wicket but it was too late by then," Tendulkar opined.

"Hassan (Ali) was the only guy to get the ball to move off the surface. I would have told them to change the angle and do something different. I never thought we were going to lose a wicket," he added. 

Tendulkar had also praised Team India stars Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya.

At the Old Trafford cricket stadium in Manchester, in a rain-interrupted match, India batted first and scored 336/5 in 50 overs. Pakistan, meanwhile, stumbled and stuttered, losing wickets at regular intervals apart from the Zaman-Azam partnership and ultimately lost by the D/L method by 89 runs, with their score at 212/6 in 40 overs.

Next up for India are Afghanistan on June 22.

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