Aakash Chopra, former Indian opener and commentator has slammed the Pakistani Cricketers for their indecorous remarks over India’s loss against England in the 2019 World Cup.
After English all-rounder Ben Stokes questioned the approach by Indian batsmen during the chase in his autobiography, many a cricketer has spitted venom against the Indian team. In the long list of such players, former Pakistan cricketers like Abdul Razzaq, Sikander Bakht as well as Mushtaq Ahmed have claimed that India lost the game deliberately.
Team India was one of the title contenders and easily cruised to knock-outs on the back of powerful bowling performances. But it was the match against England when their bowling had an off day and they were asked to chase a steep total. The match was also crucial for their arch-rivals Pakistan as an Indian win might have saved Pakistan from being knocked-out.
In a high scoring chase, India started well as Rohit and Virat laid a strong platform before the middle order succumb to the pressure. The onus was on MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav to take India home with the asking rate climbing. But the duo uncharacteristically decided to play-out the overs in order to keep NRR intact as India fell short by 31 runs.
Aakash Chopra, in his latest YouTube video, took former Pakistan cricketers to the task as the severely criticised Pakistan Cricketers for their shameless remarks.
“I am wearing a T-shirt which says Sharam (shame) not found. Think a little and have some shame. Waqar Younis, despite being the brand ambassador for the ICC, gave a statement during the World Cup that India threw the match away on purpose. I mean seriously,” said Aakash Chopra.
“It is understandable if the partnership between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma didn’t make sense to Stokes or if he was confused by Dhoni’s approach towards the end. But he never said that India deliberately lost the match,” he added.
Aakash Chopra even urged the ICC to take action and fine these former Pakistan cricketers for questioning the credibility and spirit of the game.
“Former Pakistani cricketers are openly saying that India lost deliberately and ICC should fine them. How can you think like that? It was more important for India to top the group at that time. India only lost one game in the group stages and that happened to be that game against England,” he said.