In the ongoing 2023 ODI World Cup, Pakistan suffered a disastrous seven-wicket loss to India on Saturday, October 14, in Ahmedabad. This marked their second defeat against India in two months, leading to criticism from fans, experts, and former Pakistan captains.
When talking about Pakistan’s recent loss to India, former wicketkeeper Moin Ali mentioned something interesting. He thinks that there might be a problem with communication because some Pakistani players and the support staff may not speak the same language.
Moin Khan, who was both a wicketkeeper and a batsman, represented Pakistan from 1990 to 2004. The 52-year-old expressed his belief that there might be a communication issue in the team due to a language barrier between Pakistani players and the support staff.
Babar Azam’s low effort was clear in Pakistan’s game against India in Ahmedabad: Moin Khan
Moin Khan, the ex-Pakistani captain, made a comparison between the batting approach of Babar Azam, the current Pakistani skipper, and Rohit Sharma, the Indian captain. He observed that although Babar managed to score a fifty, he seemed cautious and unwilling to take chances, while Rohit’s aggressive batting gave India the upper hand.
Moin Khan, the former Pakistan captain, pointed out that Captain Babar Azam’s lack of aggressiveness was evident in Pakistan’s performance during their seven-wicket loss to India in the World Cup match held in Ahmedabad. In contrast, Moin commended Indian captain Rohit Sharma for his fearless power-hitting, which played a crucial role in swinging the match decisively in India’s favour.
India secured a seven-wicket victory against Pakistan in a highly anticipated match at Narendra Modi Stadium. This win extended India’s unbeaten 8-0 record against their arch-rivals in 50-over World Cup matches. India took control early in the match by dismissing Pakistan for 191 in under 43 overs.
With Babar Azam contributing 50 runs and Mohammad Rizwan almost reaching 49, Pakistan seemed on track to achieve a total of approximately 300. However, their batting lineup crumbled before completing their full 50 overs.
On the other hand, India’s captain Rohit Sharma played a scorching innings of 86 runs, leading the charge. The two-time champions went on to win the match in just 30.3 overs, preserving their undefeated status against Pakistan throughout the history of the tournament.
“I wanted to compare the intent of both captains. Rohit asked Pakistan to bat first after winning the toss and then India restricted them to a below-par total. The way Babar Azam played, it was visible that he was not playing his natural game.”
“Babar did not take any chances while batting. Babar did hit a fifty but he took 58 balls. He should have maintained the flow and attacked while batting. On the other hand, Rohit Sharma made the match one-sided with his power-hitting. The captain’s intent reflects in his team’s performance,” Moeen Khan said while speaking on A Sports.