Wasim Akram on the World Cup shock to India and the upcoming T20 Redemption

Wasim Akram

Symbolic Wasim Akram, a professional cricketer from Pakistan, accused media outlets, fans, and social media of prematurely stating India as the World Cup losers. In spite of India’s remaining performance which included winning ten straight games and securing a third title going into the final the match against Australia at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on November 19 ended in disappointment.

After winning the toss, Australian captain Pat Cummins made the crucial strategic choice to bowl. In the end, Australia’s fast bowlers, led by Cummins, held India to just four fours between 11 and 40 overs, despite an effective opening cooperation from captain Rohit Sharma. 240 runs were scored by India on a slow pitch. Australia correctly assessed the scenario, realizing that the pitch on the black soil would not be as bad as on the red soil and that the pitch would become loose at night due to dew and increased moisture.

After Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist, Travis Head’s century in the World Cup final helped Australia win a record sixth time. A change in pitch towards the end of the match helped the Australian batting, yet India had an incredible start with the ball and had limited Australia to 47/3.

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Wasim Akram stressed that while it’s normal to have high hopes for the Indian team, it was a mistake to declare them winners too soon on social media and the media. He stated the nation’s sadness but gave Australia credit for how they played in the pivotal game. Akram called on Indian supporters to come forward, highlighting the chance to help his team at the forthcoming T20 World Cup in June 2024. During his own recounting, he mentioned that fans had long memories and that, even now, thirty years later, people were still asking questions regarding Pakistan’s loss in the 1999 World Cup final. Given the increasing number of drama on social media, Akram cautioned against taking it too seriously.

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