Indians played 'smart cricket': Waqar Younis on India's World Cup dominance over Pakistan
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Former Pakistani pacer Waqar Younis missed out on being part of the Imran Khan-led World Cup winning Pakistani team in 1992. Waqar hoped to be the part of one such glorious moment again, but thanks to Indian onslaught in subsequent World Cup editions, by Mohammad Azharuddin (1996), Sachin Tendulkar (1999), Sourav Ganguly (2003), MS Dhoni (2011, 2015), and Virat Kohli (2019) – Pakistani team’s World Cup route always got stumbled by the sheer dominance of stalwarts of Indian Cricket in an Indo-Pak World Cup match.
Waqar Younis, former Pakistan captain, spoke about the reasons behind Pakistan’s inability to defeat India in a World Cup match, while responding to a fan’s question on Twitter platform @GloFansOfficial.
“Over the last few World Cups, Pakistan have not won against India. We did well in other formats, we did well in Test matches, but when it comes to World Cups and ODI Cricket, India has always had an upper hand on us. And they deserve it. I think they played better cricket than us,” said Waqar.
Waqar praised India for being a good side, which in past, has come out with very positive frame of mind while facing its arch-rival Pakistan on Cricket field.
“I remember in Bangalore and back in I think that was in Pretoria in 2003. I remember most of them and I think I have played a couple of them. So they were a very good side and I think on that particular day they just came out with a very positive frame of mind, they played better cricket and played smartly. We did not play smartly; we had games in our hands. If you look at the World Cup in 2011 and then of course back in ’96 also we had the game in our hand, but it is just, we… we just threw it away,” Waqar added.
The former pacer said that it’s hard to pinpoint the reason behind such India-specific losses, but hinted the pressure of World Cup to be a driving factor.
“It is hard to pinpoint why we do that, maybe, it’s just the pressure of the World Cup now because it happens so many times, it is just the psychological pressure on us that we just cannot really win against them but yeah, it’s very-very difficult to pinpoint on one thing,” Waqar concluded.
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