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Aakash Chopra opens up on Pakistan’s exit from the 2024 T20 World Cup
By SMCS - Jun 15, 2024 10:30 am
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Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra said that Pakistan’s ‘extremely ordinary’ batting was one of their weaknesses in the 2024 T20 World Cup. However, Pakistan were knocked out of the tournament after the USA’s clash against Ireland in Florida on Friday, June 14, was abandoned without a ball being bowled as well.

Mohammad Rizwan
Pakistan openers, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan annihilated India

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said, “Pakistan had a lot of shortcomings because if you see the batting order, what is there in your batting order? If you see it from ODI cricket perspective, it is decent batting, which includes Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed, but what else? There is nothing.”

While talking about Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam are consistent players, the veteran added that Pakistan lack an explosive batter. Rizwan (93) and Babar (90) are the only Pakistan players to score more than 50 runs in their first three games as well. Even Rizwan and Babar have been criticized for their below-par strike rates as well. He also shared that Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, and Imad Wasim failed to deliver as well.

Shadab Khan
Shadab Khan practicing

“I don’t remember when we saw this team having such ordinary batting but this is extremely ordinary. There is no striker. You will, of course, see consistent players in Rizwan and Babar, but other than that, the batting order seemed to be a total disorder,” Aakash Chopra observed. “Shadab Khan’s bowling is not working at all these days. Iftikhar Ahmed is not scoring runs. They called Imad Wasim for sure but he couldn’t do anything. The bowling is still decent but what will you do with that? You could have done as 159 wasn’t a bad total. You could have defended that but you couldn’t.”

“Then you lost in the Super Over as well. Pakistan have a lot to think about. You have time to think. It seems like many Pakistan cricketers are waiting for them to lose so that they can criticize them. So everyone is ready to criticize them now and they will be criticized wholeheartedly,” he concluded.