Former Indian international Aakash Chopra has slammed ex-Pakistan cricketers who for their harsh comments. Many Pakistan cricketers claimed that India deliberately lost their group match against England at the 2019 World Cup. India’s loss to England meant that Pakistan doesn’t progress any further in the tournament.
Waqar Younis, Abdul Razzaq, and Mushtaq Ahmed were amongst the Pakistan players alleged that claim on Kohli’s men. India’s loss to England by 31 runs was the only loss Indian team suffered in the round-robin stage of the 2019 World Cup.
A win over India helped England finish in third place and qualify for the semi-finals. However, it meant that Pakistan finished 5th and couldn’t qualify for the knock out stages of the ICC mega event.
“There is no doubt (India lost the match intentionally). I said it at that time as well. Every cricketer felt the same. A player (MS Dhoni) who can hit a six or a four is defending the ball, you just know,” Razzaq had said.
Earlier, England all-rounder Ben Stokes also questioned India’s approach while chasing during the group stage match at the 2019 WC in his book ‘On Fire’.
However, Akash Chopra has rubbished all those claims. He said, “Think a little and have some shame. Waqar Younis, despite being the brand ambassador for the ICC, gave a statement during the World Cup that India threw the match away on purpose. I mean seriously.”
“It is understandable if the partnership between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma didn’t make sense to Stokes or if he was confused by Dhoni’s approach towards the end. But he never said that India deliberately lost the match.”
Chopra added, “Former Pakistani cricketers are openly saying that India lost deliberately and ICC should fine them. How can you think like that? It was more important for India to top the group at that time.”