‘Aapne umeed nahi haarni…’: Akhtar backs Pakistan to come back stronger

NEW DELHI: As India blew away Pakistan in a lopsided affair at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad in front of a packed house on Saturday, former pacer Shoaib Akhtar was quite disappointed with Babar Azam and co.’s performance.
India cruised past their arch-rivals, winning the high-octane contest by 7 wickets to make it 8-0 at the ODI World Cups.
However, despite the humiliating loss, Akhtar backed the team and asked the Babar-led side not to get demoralised by the defeat as there is still a long way to go in the tournament.”It was a disappointing performance from Pakistan. Our captain scored fifty and Rohit Sharma played an incredible knock (hamare kaptaan ne 50 kiya, unke kaptaan ne jigra dikhaya aur demoralize kiya) and demoralised Pakistan. Rohit has shown what class and calibre he has. India were brilliant, in fielding, bowling and batting and have comprehensively beaten Pakistan. India is now the top contender to win the World Cup. India might now repeat the 2011 history (India shayad 2011 ki history ko repeat kare). Pakistan have lost the game but Babar Azam and co. should not lose courage (aapne umeed nahi haarni). There is still a lot left in the tournament and Pakistan have a chance to qualify for the knockouts,” Akhtar said.
The win was India’s third in a row while Pakistan suffered their first defeat of the 2023 ODI World Cup after winning their matches against Netherlands and Sri Lanka.

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