Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi thinks that national cricket team needs to perform best to beat South Africa in a day-night match in the Champions League 2017 at Edgbaston on Wednesday.
Pakistan defeats their opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 against India by a massive 124 runs on Sunday, 4 June.
Afridi wrote in his column for ICC, “More than the margin of defeat, the listless and abject surrender must be hurting the squad. But I’d like to stay positive and say that Pakistan has a great chance to turn things around. South Africa, in its opener against Sri Lanka, looked an extremely formidable side, possessing a strong batting line-up and firepower in its bowling.”
Afridi wrote that their country needs to play free mind and positive match against South Africa. He also mentions that South Africa bowling is weaker than their batting.
“Rabada and Tahir are top-ranked ODI bowlers but Pakistan must not allow them to impose their presence on the game. Pakistan batsmen need to free their minds and play with a positive mindset, which would allow them to go after the bowling while rotating the strike intelligently.”
“The Pakistan batsmen seemed to have simply frozen against India and looked clueless in the face of mounting run-rate. The team will have to do much better against South Africa, which is a top-class fielding unit. The batsmen will have to commit fully to strike-rotation and will have to play only a small number of dot balls. If they are caught in two minds, the South African fielders will surely make life tougher for them.”
Talking about Pakistan bowling, Afridi said, “In the years gone by, we used to worry about out batting and fielding, while the bowling department was what we used to rely on. Unfortunately, Pakistan has regressed in bowling and now all three departments of the game need to be worked on more than ever.”