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Pakistan ‘lost the plot’, coach Gary Kirsten not happy with Babar Azam & Co’s approach after another T20 WC loss

Pakistan ‘lost the plot’, coach Gary Kirsten not happy with Babar Azam & Co’s approach after another T20 WC loss

Pakistan now faces an uphill battle in the World Cup, with their qualification chances hanging in the balance.

Pakistan cricket team head coach Gary Kirsten acknowledged that his team succumbed to self-inflicted pressure during their narrow six-run defeat to India in the T20 World Cup. While the low-scoring encounter might seem like an anomaly in the high-octane world of T20 cricket, Kirsten believes such contests hold value.

Taking responsibility ft Pakistan Cricket Team

“These guys are all international players and they are aware that when they are not performing at their best there is going to be pressure put on them,” Kirsten said at the post-match press conference. He emphasized the importance of individual accountability, particularly in high-pressure situations.

That is understandable, but a lot of these guys have played a lot of T20 cricket around the world over many, many years and it is really up to them to decide how they are going to take their games forward,” he added.

New York pitch made for measured cricket

While some labelled the Nassau County Stadium pitch dangerous, Gary Kirsten disagreed. “It wasn’t excessively difficult,” he explained. “The low bounce and slow outfield kept scores in check. A target of 140 would have been competitive on that surface.”

Entertainment beyond big hits in T20 World Cup

The low-scoring thriller offered a refreshing change from the typical T20 format dominated by sixes and high scores. “It was entertaining despite the low chase,” Kirsten said. “Games like this showcase the value of using all 120 balls wisely, not just going for big hits.”

So, I agree with you that sometimes it is fun to watch a game like this where it is not only about hitting boundaries, but you also have to be able to use 120 balls really well. As I said, we did for 15 overs and then we lost the plot,” he added.

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Bowling concerns offset by batting woes

Kirsten expressed satisfaction with the team’s bowling attack, particularly their prowess during the middle overs (10th to 20th). “We have a strong bowling unit,” he said. “However, losing too many wickets is a major concern. Our batsmen need to take responsibility and build partnerships.”

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Pakistan’s batting woes continued, echoing their struggles against the USA. While acknowledging a positive partnership between Babar Azam and Shadab Khan in the previous match, Kirsten remained critical of the overall batting performance.

“We’re losing too many wickets,” he said. “As a batting unit, that’s simply unacceptable. Players need to step up and capitalize on their opportunities.”

Pakistan now faces an uphill battle in the World Cup, with their qualification chances hanging in the balance. While the bowling attack shows promise, the team’s batting needs to click if they are to progress further in the tournament.

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