Updated June 8th, 2024 at 13:09 IST

'Their problems are discipline, fielding & disintegrating under pressure': Kaif criticizes Pakistan

Kaif criticizes Pakistan, citing issues with discipline, fielding, and disintegrating under pressure as significant problems faced by the team.

Reported by: Aryan Suraj Chadha
Mohammed Kaif and Babar Azam | Image:Delhi Capitals, AP
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The much-anticipated India vs Pakistan match in the World T20 tournament promises high-octane action tomorrow at 8:00 pm. As the two cricketing giants prepare to clash, Pakistan's formidable squad led by Babar Azam, supported by the likes of Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, and Shaheen Afridi, will face off against India's star-studded team featuring Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Jasprit Bumrah. With a blend of experienced players and exciting talents, this match at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium is set to be a thrilling encounter that fans around the world are eagerly waiting for.

Mohammed Kaif criticises Pakistan ahead of their clash against India 

Before Pakistan's 2024 T20 World Cup match against India in New York on Sunday, June 9, Mohammad Kaif feels that their main obstacles are their lack of discipline, poor fielding, and propensity to fold under duress. He noted that the Men in Green have been beset by similar problems on a regular basis.

On Thursday, June 6, in Dallas, Texas, Pakistan lost to the United States of America in an unexpected Super Over match. Their chances of qualifying for the Super Eight will be seriously jeopardised by another defeat, so they must give it their all against India.

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Kaif was questioned about whether Pakistan will face pressure before their match against India, their bitter rivals, during a talk on Star Sports. Mohammed Kaif said:

"Their problems are discipline, fielding and disintegrating under pressure. These are their very old problems. Pakistan's biggest problem is their fielding. Monank Patel's catch came and Ifthikar Ahmed stood there like a statue - try at least, put in a dive, it's okay if you drop it, but he was standing like a statue," he responded.

"Monank then won the game. In the 19th or 20th over, there was a drive to mid-off and if Shaheeh Shah Afridi had taken that catch, they would have won the match. In the Super Over, Mohammad Rizwan, the keeper, was giving runs through overthrows," Kaif said.

"Mohammad Amir was bowling wides. They don't have discipline at all. You cannot survive by bowling wide balls. He is an experienced bowler. Eight (seven) runs were scored without the bat hitting the ball. Only one boundary was hit and the rest all were wide balls. Pakistan looked under so much pressure. Their problem is within. They disintegrate under pressure," 

"Runs were scored. They somehow reached 160 and they could have trapped the USA. They have Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi - they have the bowling. However, the bowling was also bad. They looked flat everywhere. A pressure game is not their strength. No one can teach how to remain disciplined in a big match," 

In the third over, Iftikhar Ahmed failed to intercept the edge that Monank Patel took off of a ball from Shaheen Shah Afridi. Afridi failed to hold onto a catch made by Aaron Jones in the last over, and Mohammad Rizwan let away four byes in the Super Over, including an overthrow.

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Muhammad Amir's three wides in the Super Over were cited by Mohammad Kaif as a great illustration of Pakistan's lack of discipline and propensity to buckle under duress.

A draw was reached as Haris Rauf gave Aaron Jones and Nitish Kumar 11 runs off the final three balls. Amir conceded 18 runs in the Super Over, and Pakistan could muster just 13 in reply.

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Published June 8th, 2024 at 13:09 IST