Asia Cup 2022: Batters did not bat responsibly, says Afghanistan bowling coach Umar Gul on Pakistan’s defeat against India

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Asia Cup 2022: Batters did not bat responsibly, says Afghanistan bowling coach Umar Gul on Pakistan's defeat against India
Asia Cup 2022: Batters did not bat responsibly, says Afghanistan bowling coach Umar Gul on Pakistan's defeat against India

Asia Cup 2022: Batters did not bat responsibly, says Afghanistan bowling coach Umar Gul on Pakistan’s defeat against India

Asia Cup 2022: Former Pakistan player and current Afghanistan team bowling coach Umar Gul commented on the India vs Pakistan match. He claimed that the Men in Green scored 20–25 runs less and their batsmen did not bat properly, which led to a five-wicket loss to their archrivals. In the second game of the Asia Cup 2022, played on Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, India defeated Pakistan by five wickets thanks to a key combination between Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya.

In 19.4 overs, Pakistan was bowled out for 147. Only Iftikhar Ahmed (28) and opener Mohammed Rizwan (43) were able to make a decent contribution with the bat. Pakistani hitters were completely overwhelmed by the pace and short deliveries of Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4/26), Hardik Pandya (3/25) and Arshdeep Singh (2/33) and Avesh Khan (1/19), and wickets continued to fall regularly.

Talking about the match between the arch-rivals, Umar Gul told ANI, “Obviously you miss your leading and strike bowler but the way Naseem Shah gave a start with the ball. Got the breakthrough, given the kind of start. So, they definitely missed but I feel Pakistan scored 20-25 runs less. The batters did not bat responsibly as per the conditions. Some shot selections were not right. Had there been 20-25 runs more then things would have been different.”

Asia Cup 2022: Batters did not bat responsibly, says Umar Gul on Pakistan's defeat against India
Asia Cup 2022: Batters did not bat responsibly, says Umar Gul on Pakistan’s defeat against India

Afghanistan put up an impressive performance at the Asia Cup 2022, winning both of their matches so far. Afghanistan’s first encounter in the Asia Cup was against Sri Lanka, who they bowled out for 105 runs in 19.4 overs. In their second match, against Bangladesh, they held the Bengal tigers to a meagre 127/7 in 20 overs, a score that Mohammad Nabi’s squad successfully chased down in 18.3 overs.

“Obviously, I feel proud when your players are executing the plans given by you. It feels great as a coach. So, far this is the result of the all-round cricket we have played. We are doing better in all the departments on a day-to-day basis. Also we are trying to rectify the mistakes we do on a daily basis. We have more important matches in the coming days and we are trying to work on them,” he said.

“They are ready to play big teams they beat Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Both are big teams. In shorter versions like T20s, any team can surprise anyone on a given day. All the players have gelled well together and they are praising each other. So the atmosphere of the dressing room is amazing and the execution is also great,” said Gul.

Earlier, Afghanistan outplayed Bangladesh in all departments and also became the first team to qualify for the final four.

(With ANI Inputs)