ADELAIDE: Sunday saw defending champions India launch their World Cup campaign with a 76-run victory over Pakistan at a sold-out Adelaide Oval.
Virat Kohli making a hundred in a match that attracted an estimated global television audience of 2.5 billion.
Victory meant India have now won all six of their World Cup clashes against Pakistan, a remarkable statistic given the cricket talent available to their arch-rivals.
Batting great Miandad, a member of the Pakistan side that won the 1992 World Cup — the last time the tournament was staged in Australia and New Zealand — slammed the selectors for several “mindboggling” picks.
“In big cricket matches, a team fields its best playing XI and do not experiment,” Miandad told the ICC website.
“Unfortunately, Pakistan never remember this simple formula…It was nothing but a mindboggling team selection that shocked millions of its fans around the world.
“What’s the rocket science of promoting Younis Khan as an opener? What’s the logic of leaving out specialist wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed when he could also bat aggressively?,” Miandad added.
“It was like pushing the panic button before the start of an all-important event like the World Cup.”- AFP