World Cup-winning captain of England Eoin Morgan was critical of Pakistan’s batting effort during their ICC World Cup clash against India at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Saturday. He said if The Men in Green have to beat the big sides they cannot collapse like they did in the high-octane clash.
“When you want to beat the best sides in the world are in this tournament. You have to bring your A-game. So I got a boxing match. You can’t have a bad round. You can have a bad blow here and there. But it can’t be consecutive with lots of wickets or clusters of wickets,” Said Morgan speaking to Sky Sports.
At the 30th over-mark, Pakistan was looking in a decent position at 155-2. Mohammed Siraj who was having an average day with the ball cleans skipper Babar Azam after which the entire batting collapsed like ninepins. The neighbours lost eight wickets for 36 runs which would take them to a mediocre score of 191 and India later would chase it down comfortably courtesy of Rohit Sharma’s blistering 86.
Morgan also refereed to defending champions England’s opening game where they were thrashed by New Zealand and had a similar problem of losing wickets in clusters.
“And we did see it in the first game here in New Zealand against England, where England was starting to get away and throwing the odd punch here and there but couldn’t quite land up blow, which is a substantial partnership that would take them up to a winning par score. I think Pakistan made those mistakes today,” Morgan would say.