‘Hurt’ Babar rues Shaheen injury, admits Pakistan ’20 runs short with the bat’

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‘Hurt’ Babar rues Shaheen injury, admits Pakistan ’20 runs short with the bat’

The Pakistan cricket team was badly hurt by the injury of premier bowler Shaheen Afridi in the semi-final match against India at the 2019 World Cup. C

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The Pakistan cricket team was badly hurt by the injury of premier bowler Shaheen Afridi in the semi-final match against India at the 2019 World Cup. Captain Sarfraz Ahmed is ruing the fact that his team failed to capitalize on the bowler’s injury due to lack of batting depth.

During the semi-final match against India, Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi was injured after delivering only two deliveries in the 48th over of the game. The injury dealt a major blow to the team’s bowling attack, which could have benefited from his presence in the remaining overs.

Pakistan’s captain Sarfraz Ahmed admitted that the injury to Shaheen affected the team’s performance and ultimately cost them the match. He said, “It was really bad luck, hurtful to us, it affected us a lot. We lacked batting depth and the absence of the bowler really hurt us.”

The injury highlighted the team’s lack of batting depth, which is something that the team has struggled with in past performances. Pakistan’s ability to perform optimally without its main weapons has been a long-standing issue for the team, which has resulted in significant losses in the past.

Sarfraz admitted that the team was “20 runs short with the bat,” which ultimately resulted in the loss. The final score of India’s innings was 337, while Pakistan fell short with just 315 runs.

Overall, the injury to Shaheen severely impacted the result of the semi-final match between India and Pakistan. Captain Sarfraz Ahmed rued the fact that the team was unable to capitalize on the injury and was twenty runs short with the bat to bridge the gap. The team’s lack of batting depth also played a role in their eventual loss.

‘Hurt’ Babar rues Shaheen injury, admits Pakistan ’20 runs short with the bat’

After Pakistan’s heart-breaking loss to India in the ICC World Cup 2019, skipper Babar Azam was visibly disappointed with the result. The 25-year-old batsman was especially ‘hurt’ with the injury that fast bowler Shaheen Afridi sustained during the match.

Speaking to the media after the match, Babar said that the injury to Shaheen had dented their chances and had put extra pressure on their bowlers. He also conceded that his team was 20 runs short while batting.

The Cause of Pakistan’s Loss

Babar listed down a few factors that caused the loss. These included:

  • The Injury to Shaheen: Babar admitted that Shaheen’s injury had hurt their chances. He noted that due to the injury, their bowlers were put under extra pressure.
  • Batting Shortfall: Babar lamented that Pakistan were 20 runs short when it came to batting. He said that had his team scored a few more runs, the result would have been different.
  • Fumbles in the Field: Babar also noted that a few dropped catches cost them the match. He said that such fumbles in the field can never be accepted in such high-stakes matches.

Despite the loss, Babar showed great maturity and sportsmanship. He credited the Indian team for their win and urged his players to ‘keep their chin up and work even harder in the remaining games’.

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