The big-ticket clash played between India and Pakistan in Ahmedabad on October 14 was, for the most part, a one-sided affair. India showcased their cricketing prowess, delivering a masterclass performance that highlighted their dominance in this historic rivalry. This victory marked India’s eighth win against Pakistan in ODI World Cups, further cementing their supremacy.
Despite their humbling loss to India, Pakistan is looking ahead to their next challenge, facing the five-time champions, Australia, in Bengaluru on October 20. The Men in Green recognize that their performance against India fell short of their potential, but they are not disheartened.
Hasan Ali, the Pakistan fast bowler, expressed the team’s striking optimism. He acknowledged their mistakes against India but emphasized that it’s not the end of the world. Instead, it’s an opportunity for growth and redemption.
“Yes, we agree that we didn’t play to our caliber, it’s not that we don’t agree. We have made mistakes, but it’s not the end of the world,” Hasan Ali told the press in Bengaluru on Thursday.
In the face of adversity, Pakistan’s dressing room engaged in a collective review of their performance. They identified areas that needed improvement and worked diligently during practice sessions to enhance their skills and teamwork.
Hasan Ali emphasized that the team had a candid discussion about their performance. They acknowledged their mistakes and pain at the defeat. Still, they approached it with resilience and determination to rectify their errors and deliver a better performance in the upcoming matches.
“I will say this and you might have heard this word many times – Nothing has changed. We lost and we were in pain. We were a better team and we couldn’t perform like that. We sat together with the team and had a healthy discussion. We discussed the things that need improvement. We tried to improve in the nets,” added Hasan.
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As they prepare to face Australia, Pakistan carries the lessons learned from their defeat to India. The team’s resilience and willingness to confront their weaknesses indicate a positive outlook for the matches ahead.
Pakistan is well aware of the importance of the upcoming contest against Australia. They recognize the need to perform to the best of their abilities to secure a victory against formidable opponents.