Pakistan Cricket Team Chances at 2019
Pakistan Cricket at its best one minute down next minute up. You cannot write off Pakistan. Pakistan is most unpredictable side in the world. On their day Pakistan can beat any side in the world. Pakistan always plays exciting cricket. Pakistan cricket team is lacking match winners, but still dangerous. Pakistan can comeback stronger. Pakistan plays at their best potential when pressure is on. These are some of the famous words you have heard from the famous cricket analysts, experts and former cricketers.
Pakistan cricket team entered into mega event with heavy defeats in the recent series, Pakistan lost to South Africa, Australia white washed Pakistan in UAE, England then whitewashed Pakistan in 5 match ODI series just before the world cup. Pakistani fans were disappointed, hopeless and angry at team. Ex cricketers and cricket experts everybody was taking Pakistan cricket team at their gun point. But tag of “Unpredictability” still giving some positive vibes ad hope, but these hopes and excitement got vanished away when Afghanistan beaten Pakistan cricket team in a world cup warm up match. Everybody was criticizing Pakistan cricket team and fans were desperate to see the rise of green team but there was nothing to celebrate, nothing to cheers. But the little hope was there wandering here and there and a believe that Pakistan cricket team can comeback. Team will play different in World Cup the spirit will be different, morale will be high and they will fight their case.
Pakistan entered into the world cup with 11 defeats in ODI (completed matches, excluded warm up matches). Pakistan was facing West Indies in their opening encounter at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. West Indies blew away Pakistan cricket team, their bowlers rattled Pakistani batsmen with bouncers and shot pitch bowling and Pakistan bowled out for their second lowest score in ODI World Cup just 105.West Indies chased down the target easily with plenty of overs to spare and with seven wickets in hand. Whole Pakistani fans and media erupted and taken the Pakistani cricket team and management harshly, their batting skills were criticized, several players were tagged selfish and some players tagged useless for the team.
Pakistani cricket team next match was against England, the hot favorites to win this world cup, but guess what Pakistan cricket team came to the part, they stunned everybody, they surprised and they beaten the number one ODI side in the world. More interesting was England never lost the ODI at home while chasing since 5 September 2016. Pakistan beaten them at their strength, the intent was there, there was passion, aggression, method, approach and calculated risk. The green flag risen again and most critics proved wrong again, fans were chanting Pakistan Zindabad, Pakistan Zindabad and everyone was happy, delighted an all the negativity faded away. Hope again makes a comeback, believe survived and chances again reviewed by the Pakistani fans.
So let’s discuss what up for Pakistan cricket team, with game against Sri Lanka washed with no ball bowled both teams got one point each. Now Pakistan cricket team is playing mighty Australians at Taunton County Ground, Indian exposed the weakness of Australian team see off the new ball and attack on their spinners, hold the one end and let batting rotate around you, don’t be too cheeky and over smart just play regular cricket. When Australia started batting against India they were going good at a better rate than India but India tackled them in middle overs with spinners operating at both ends and dried the runs and picked up the wickets later. So if Pakistani team goes for the same strategy, no point we can defeat Australia.
Next game is the big game of the world cup game and that is Indo-Pak clash, there is already extra-hype, Pakistan defeated the same Indian team in ICC Champions trophy final back in 2017, if Pakistan absorbs the pressure and holds their nerves we can defeat India. I think it’s good to go with 4 pace bowlers and one spinner. If Pakistan defeats India we will be a strong contender to go in knock out’s with favorites. Pakistan games against South Africa and New Zealand will decide where Pakistan is going to finish in this world cup. New Zealand has won its all three matches and on the top right now and South Africa has lost its all matches. If Pakistan defeat South Africa and win against India we will be in strong position and if we will lost against India or Australia and win against South Africa. Then Pakistan versus New Zealand match will be a knock out type match team for Pakistan if Pakistan will win they will go on. Matches against Bangladesh and Afghanistan were less competitive as Pakistan is higher in rankings and have experience of big matches as compared to Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
So there is strong possibility will be amongst top 4 teams to qualify for semi-finals, and Pakistan might finish fourth at world cup. Other three teams are India, England and Australia.
Keep supporting and praying Pakistan Cricket team, Pakistan Zindabad!
Muhammad Awais Chishty