Ramiz Raja criticizes Pakistan for a 'devastating' defeat against India.

Former Cricket World Cup champion Ramiz Raja strongly criticized Pakistan for their comprehensive seven-wicket defeat against arch-rivals India in Ahmedabad. He expressed concern about how this loss might affect Pakistan’s prospects in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.

Ramiz was disappointed with Pakistan’s inability to rise to the occasion and compete effectively against India in this highly-anticipated match. Pakistan had appeared poised to set a challenging target, with captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan guiding them to 155/2 before a sudden collapse saw them all out for 191.

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Indian skipper Rohit Sharma’s outstanding performance (86) allowed India to secure a resounding victory with nearly 20 overs to spare. Ramiz voiced his disappointment, stating, “This should hurt Pakistan because they weren’t able to compete. When playing against India, the overwhelming support for the Indian team can be intimidating, but considering Babar Azam’s leadership of the team for the past four to five years, they should have risen to the occasion. If you can’t win, at least compete, which Pakistan couldn’t do.

Pakistan had previously impressed with victories over the Netherlands and Sri Lanka in their first two Cricket World Cup matches, preparing for the crucial clash with India. However, their poor performance extended their losing streak to eight matches against India in World Cup history, dating back to their first encounter in 1992.

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Ramiz acknowledged that Pakistan is burdened by this dismal record against India but held out hope for a turnaround if the teams meet again later in the tournament. He stressed the need for Pakistan to address this issue, saying, “It’s a mental and skill block. Credit to India for handling the pressure well in matches against Pakistan.

Despite their early victories, Pakistan remains well-placed in the Cricket World Cup standings, targeting a top-four finish to secure a semi-final berth. However, they must be meticulous in their remaining six matches, starting with a crucial contest against Australia.

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Ramiz emphasized that Pakistan must learn from this defeat and swiftly shift their focus to the upcoming matches. He described the loss as “a scarring, a pasting, a battering,” highlighting the importance of senior players rallying around the younger members of the team and conducting honest team meetings to address issues such as their struggles with spin and their batting performance.

Reference

https://www.cricketworldcup.com/news/3738217#:~:text=Ramiz%20pinpointed%20what%20Pakistan

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/cruel-and-unfair-ramiz-raja-breaks-silence-after-pakistan-s-loss-to-india

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