Former test cricketer and captain Pakistan cricket team Waqar Younis has shared his views on Pakistan team’s World Cup 2019 heist. After the recent defeat at the hands of Australia, the team seems to be under more pressure than ever, however Waqar believes that’s exactly what the players don’t need right now.
“Pakistan need to lift themselves up and I hope they bring their best on Sunday,” said Waqar while talking to ICC media outlet.
The fast pacer added that although one may argue on Pakistan’s weaknesses against Australia, it is the execution that had problems and not the plan itself. The need is to come out of defensive mode and go on full throttle.
“Pakistan is not really going full throttle, they are being a bit more watchful. It was with the new ball, in both batting and bowling, that I felt Pakistan missed a trick in their defeat to Australia at Taunton,” said the former coach.
“What I have seen in this World Cup so far is that if you don’t pick up early wickets, you’re in trouble. The new ball is so crucial and openers are being more careful in the first ten overs this year,” said Waqar who commended Muhammad Amir’s bowling spell.
“Amir bowled superbly. He showed us once again that class is permanent — he is no doubt a match-winner,” he further said of the 27-year old fast pacer whom he believes should be fully utilized in the upcoming match with the arch rivals.
“It may be that Mickey Arthur looks at changing the team for Sunday.They might go for five bowlers, use four pacers and Shadab and drop someone like Shoaib Malik,” Waqar stated his opinion. “It’s simple, if Pakistan want to stay in the tournament, they have to bring an ‘A plus’ performance and win that game,” concluded the cricketer.