The Asia Cup 2022 campaign turned out to be deleterious for the Indian team as they bowed out in the Super 4s stage. Pakistan, on the other hand, played in the summit clash against Sri Lanka and lost it in the end. However, the Pakistan cricket board’s chief Ramiz Raja criticized India more than his own team in an interview with Samaa TV recently.
The former Pakistani cricketer said in the interview that Men in Blue had to be criticized for their performance in the continental tournament. For the unversed, India had many close games in the tournament and most matches could have gone India’s way. Commenting on the Super 4s round, Men in Blue lost the match against Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the final over failing to defend seven runs in both matches.
“Previously we used to falter at the very first hurdle. Yes, we reached the final and yes we did not play well. But it's okay to have a bad day. But there were other teams as well in the Asia Cup,” Raja said in an interview with Samaa TV.
India should have been severely criticized: Raja
Further, the board’s chief compared the Pakistani fans with Indians and criticized the latter for their behaviour. Bringing Virat Kohli’s century against Afghanistan in the Super 4s round into the topic, Raja said that the fans forgot India’s sepulchral performance when the legend scored a century.
“I mean then India should then have been severely criticised for not reaching the final. But that is not what their fans and media do. I'll tell you...when Virat Kohli scored a century against Afghanistan, they forgot their entire Asia Cup. Will we ever do that? What we say is that Babar Azam scored a ton, but his strike rate was 135 while David Warner's was 147.3. So this is useless,” he added further.
India will begin their 20-20 World Cup 2022 campaign against the Men in Green on October 23 at Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Indian team led by Rohit Sharma would look to avenge Pakistan for the defeat in the previous edition of the 20-20 World Cup.