Veteran Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez on Monday said that according to him, India did not show any intent to win their 2019 World Cup clash against England, while adding that felt let down as a cricket fan.
In the aforementioned game at Birmingham, India were outlasted by a comprehensive margin of 31 runs after they failed to meet 337/7 set by England. Pakistan missed out on a semifinal place as a result of that game and had to fly back home.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes recently raised suspicions of the way in which the Indian players looked to plan the chase. And while many former Pakistan cricketers looked to use that statement to prove their point that India lost the game to keep Pakistan from qualifying for the knockout stages, Hafeez has said that there was no intent to play with spirit.
“Ask any cricket fan, everyone will say intent to play with spirit was not there. I don”t know about the results and who went out because of that. We played good cricket and we were out because of our small mistakes. So I can”t blame any result for that,” Hafeez, who was part of the 2019 World Cup, told reporters during a video conference facilitated by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)
“But as a fan if I see the match, I did not see the match winning intent. I felt bad for the sport. The encounter factor was missing where both teams were playing to win. The mistakes we made, we failed to tick a few boxes in the 2019 World Cup. But as a fan, that is my opinion about that game,” the 39-year-old added.
It is to be known that Hafeez has been named in the 29-member Pakistan squad for three Tests and as many T20Is against England to be played in August-September. He was last seen in onfield action for the Lahore Qalandars in the inconclusive Pakistan Super league (PSL) Season 5.