Former England captain Nasser Hussain has shared that while Pakistan are a very good side, they remain unpredictable. However, according to Hussain, they could lost to the Netherlands in their World Cup 2023 opener but also have the ability to reach the final as well. While Pakistan are not considered among the favourites in the upcoming World Cup, none of the other teams can write them off as well.
According to a report in Cricket Pakistan, Hussain told a YouTube channel: “I think they (Pakistan) are very good tournament side. They have got Netherlands first up, they could lose that. That is Pakistan for you. But then they’ll go on a run.”You look at the last World T20. They were out of it, and, then, suddenly, they are in the final. They are mercurial because that is the brand and style of cricket they play. They are incredibly watchable side.”
Meanwhile, former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja questioned the ability of Pakistan’s bowling attack after New Zealand eased to victory in the warm-up game, chasing 346 as well. According to the veteran, they will have to score 400 if they bowl in the manner that they did against the New Zealand as well.
“I know it was just a practice game, but a win is a win. And winning becomes a habit. But I feel Pakistan are now getting a habit of losing. First they lost in Asia Cup, and now here. Pakistan scored 345, and it was a great run-chase (from New Zealand),” Raja said.”If these are the pitches – and you will get such pitches in India – you will have to score 400 if your bowling keeps misfiring like this. You will have to change your tactics, take risks. And we don’t do that. We play defensively for first 10-15 overs and then shift gears,” he concluded.