New Delhi: Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has stated that in accordance to him, India did not have the intent to win the World Cup 2019 match against England. However, Hafeez additionally stated that the match between India-England can’t be singled out as the principle motive for Pakistan getting knocked out of the match.
“If you show that match to any cricket fan 100 times, the fan woulf take only one result from that game, the intent to play with spirit was not there, I do not know how much that result affected anyone, Pakistan team was not eliminated from the tournament on the basis of India-England match,” Hafeez advised reporters in a digital press convention.
“We played well in the 2019 World Cup but we were eliminated because of our mistakes only. I do not blame anyone else for our failure. We should not think that we bowed out of the tournament on the basis of one other result,” he added.
The debate relating to India’s efficiency against England has as soon as once more heated up after England all-rounder Ben Stokes questioned the Men in Blue’s intent in his e book titled ‘On Fire’.
In his e book, Stokes stated that he was stunned with India’s intent in the group-stage match however nowhere has he prompt that India misplaced intentionally. After Stokes’ questions, former Pakistan gamers as soon as once more began saying that India misplaced intentionally against England.
“I watched that entire match Ben Stokes talked about in his book, why did he write that only he can tell you about that, but according to me there was no intent for winning the match,” Hafeez concluded on the matter.
In the round-robin stage match against England in Birmingham in the 2019 World Cup, India failed to chase down the large goal of 338 and fell brief by 31 runs. That was the one recreation that India misplaced in the premier match final yr earlier than the semifinal loss against the Kiwis.
India’s chasing strategy of the large goal was criticised by many, in explicit of wicket-keeper batsman Dhoni, together with the followers at house. As quickly as Stokes talked about Dhoni’s lack of intent in his e book ‘On Fire’, Pakistan followers began saying that India intentionally misplaced the match to knock out their neighbours.
However, Stokes clarified that he by no means stated India misplaced intentionally and a few individuals had been twisting his phrases.
Pakistan had misplaced its first group stage match against West Indies by a whopping margin in the 2019 World Cup and this in flip affected their internet run-rate and it may be a considered as an enormous motive for the crew not making it to the semi-finals. (ANI)