WC 2019 | Ind vs Pak: Sarfaraz was confused, Pakistan lacked imagination, says Tendulkar
Manchester | Jagran Sports Desk: Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday felt that Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed was ‘confused’ man and his team lacked ‘imagination’ against India during the match.
India on Sunday defeated Pakistan by 89 runs, thanks to a brilliant 140 from Rohit Sharma and a good bowling display from Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya.
"I thought he (Sarfaraz) was confused because when Wahab (Riaz) was bowling he had a short mid-wicket. And when Shadab (Khan) came on to bowl he had a slip for him," said Tendulkar in an interview to India Today.
"In these conditions, it becomes difficult for a leg-spinner to grip the ball, especially when he's not getting the right line and length. That is not the right way to approach a big game," he said.
"They lacked imagination, lacked out of the box thinking," Tendulkar added.
Tendulkar said none of the Pakistani bowlers managed to exploit the conditions and he never felt an Indian wicket would fall because of the opposition tactics.
"If the ball is not moving around much, you don't continue bowling over the wicket, Wahab (Riaz) went around the wicket but it was too late by then," said Tendulkar.
"Hassan (Ali) was the only guy to get the ball to move off the surface. I would have told them to change the angle and do something different. I never thought we were going to lose a wicket," he added.
India has now a record of 7-0 against Pakistan at the World. Now India will face Afghanistan on June 22 at the Hampshire bowl in Southampton.
(with PTI inputs)
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