World Cup 2019: Why perennial slow-starters Pakistan should not lose heart

first_img Akshay Ramesh NottinghamMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 20:04 IST ICC World Cup 2019: Pakistan were handed a 7-wicket thrashing by West Indies in their tournament opener on Friday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan were bowled out for 105 in their 7-wicket defeat on FridayPakistan have lost the opening matches of all the ICC tournaments they have won so farSarfaraz Ahmed said Pakistan’s loss to West Indies is only a blip”How did they win it from there?” Dean Jones exclaimed after having a glance at the graphics that had Pakistan’s journey to glory in the 1992 World Cup. The former Australian batsman-turned cricket expert was discussing Pakistan’s horror batting show during a post-match show of their World Cup 2019 opener vs West Indies on Friday.Pakistan were handed a 10-wicket thrashing by the West Indies in the 1st match of the 1992 World Cup that they went on to win. Imran Khan’s men had won only 1 of their first 5 matches in the edition.After the loss in the opener, Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 53 runs but their third match in the World Cup held in Australia was washed out. Pakistan then were handed a 43-run defeat by their arch-rivals Australia. Against South Africa, they lost by 20 runs in a rain-affected match in Brisbane.That was Pakistan’s last defeat in the 1992 World Cup. They stormed back to form, beating hosts Australia by 48 runs. They eventually went on to lift the trophy, outclassing England in the big final.Critics who had ruled them out learnt an important lesson — Never write off Pakistan’s chances! Pakistan won their first and only World Cup in 1992 (Getty Images)Over the years, the Pakistan cricket team have been associated with unpredictability. Take the recent International Cricket Council (ICC) event that they had won — Champions Trophy 2017.Pakistan suffered a 124-run loss to tournament favourites India in their first match. Once again, Pakistan’s chances were written off. However, Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men bounced back to win the tournament after claiming sweet revenge over their arch-rivals in the final at The Oval.advertisementThe story of Pakistan’s 3 ICC tournament wins!Pakistan have won 3 ICC tournaments so far. And in all of them, they have lost their opening matches. 1992 World Cup: Check. 2017 Champions Trophy: Check. And 2009 World T20: Check.In the second edition of the World T20, Pakistan were beaten by hosts England by 48 runs in their tournament opener.And that’s why former Pakistan cricketers and a section of their fans are optimistic of yet another comeback in the ongoing World Cup.”There’s still time”While Wasim Akram was reminding the viewers of their remarkable comeback in the 1992 World Cup on air during Pakistan’s abject batting show vs West Indies in Nottingham on Friday, former batsman Ramiz Raja pointed out that the World Cup 2019 format allows teams to work on their shortcomings and stage a comeback.”There’s still a bit of time because this is a longer format. In the 1992 World Cup, we went through hell in the initial period. And then we got used to to the Australian pitches, the steep bounce. We then got used to those bouncy pitches. And we got it right in the end,” Ramiz Raja told Star Sports after Friday’s 7-wicket loss.He added: “Champions Trophy (2017), something similar happened. People wanted to write Pakistan off completely after the bashing they got against India (first match). But then they recovered and got things right.”However, Ramiz Raja threw a wind of caution as he pointed out that Pakistan were undone by bouncers vs West Indies and that oppositions will use the short ball to target the Pakistan batsmen in the upcoming matches.On Friday, Oshane Thomas, Andre Russell and Jason Holder came up with some good old-fashioned short-ball bowling to destroy the Pakistan batting unit. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men were bundled out for 105 in just 21.4 overs.”But if they don’t get it right, teams will look to use the short ball against them. Today, they have embarrassed the fans and they have embarrassed themselves also. On such a stage, you are looking to dominate and be competitive, but they were just awful with the bat,” Ramiz said.Also Read | Pakistan trolled after their shortest innings in World Cup historyAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Sarfaraz Ahmed unfazed after Pakistan crash to humiliating defeatAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Pakistan cricket teamFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Pakistan vs West IndiesFollow 1992 World CupFollow 2017 Champions TrophyFollow 2009 World T20Follow Sarfaraz AhmedFollow Ramiz Raja World Cup 2019: Why perennial slow-starters Pakistan should not lose heartPakistan have won three ICC tournaments so far. And in all of them, they have lost their opening matches. On Friday, Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men were handed a 7-wicket thrashing by West Indies in their opening game of World Cup 2019.advertisementlast_img read more