In anticipation of the highly anticipated India vs. Pakistan cricket match, former Pakistani cricketer Waqar Younis shared his thoughts on the underwhelming performance of Pakistan’s bowling in recent times. Younis expressed concerns about Pakistan’s bowling not living up to its usual high standards. He also noted that even their renowned fast bowler, Shaheen Afridi is struggling to deliver his best form.
While having a conversation with Jio Cinema, Waqar Younis said,“We have always talked about how Pakistan’s batting is their weak link and bowling their strength. But ahead of the match against India, I feel it’s the other way around. There are a few issues with Pakistan’s bowling which started from the Asia Cup. I think they have to improve here even for the games going ahead. Shaheen (Afridi) is not bowling well, it’s as simple as that. I don’t think he has an injured finger. He is struggling to find his rhythm and has struggled to find his form since the Asia Cup game in Kandy. So that’s a worry.”
Younis also addressed the challenges faced by Pakistan’s star batsman, Babar Azam who has been struggling to find his form and contribute runs, which is affecting their combination. Younis mentioned that if Azam continues to underperform against formidable opponents, questions might arise about his captaincy abilities.
Talking further he also mentioned Babar Azam’s performance against India and said that the captain needs to score big against the men in blue.
“If you are to be known as a big player, you have to score against the big teams and also captain well. His performance as a captain was largely dependent on the bowling performances of Shaheen, Shadab, and Haris’s bowling. They would give him breakthroughs which made his work easier. Now that this is not happening, your captaincy will be tested, and questions will be raised.”