Pakistan’s head coach Mickey Arthur showed multiple concerns over team’s performance highlighting the strike rate of the batsmen, confidence, bowling and fielding of the team after two back to back defeat against arch-rivals India in Dubai.
Pakistan were thrashed by nine wickets against India with punishing hundreds from Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan who helped India chase a modest 238-run target with 10.3 overs remaining — the heaviest defeat against India.
The previous biggest defeat against India was by eight wickets they suffered in Melbourne in 1985.
Pakistan had lost the first game by eight wickets in Dubai on Wednesday.
“Yes, they are suffering a bit of confidence crisis at the moment, there is fear of failure in the dressing room. There is a bit reality check of where we are as a cricket team,” Arthur said.
“In terms of worst performance, nine wickets has to be up there. India has very good players. If we give them an inch, they are going to make us pay and they did that,” said Arthur.
Mickey said Pakistan gave India chances in the field which they took advantage of.
Rohit Sharma was dropped twice – first by Imam-ul-Haq off Shaheen Afridi in the sixth over on 14 and then by Fakhar Zaman off Shadab Khan in the 28th over when Rohit had scored 81.
“We had a couple of chances, we didn’t take them,” Mickey stated.
He said that they need to get into their middle order to dominate over them with the bowl as India have some top performers.
“There is a need to bowl their middle order as they are strong at it,” Mickey said.
Mickey shared Bumrah’s stamina during a net practice saying that the young fast bowler was working hard on bowling yorkers.
“The other day during our optional training session, i saw Jasprit Bumrah in a net next to us executing yorker after yorker after yorker,” said Arthur of the Indian paceman who took two wickets.
Mickey hoped Pakistani bowlers, with Mohammad Amir not taking any wicket in the last five games, should learn from Indian bowlers.
“In our review, we will definitely show it to our young bowlers that his execution and even Bhuvneshwar in death overs was very good.”
Pakistan now faces Bangladesh in a must-win game to join India in the final.
“We will come back from this. We are at our best in must-win matches. That’s when we come to the party,” said Arthur.