"In The Last 12 Years...": Shoaib Akhtar On India's Failure In ICC Events
The Cricket World Cup final is over and the analysis of Indian cricket team's loss has already started. Despite being the best team in the Cricket World Cup 2023 till the semi-final stage, the Rohit Sharma-led Indian cricket team could not pass the final hurdle and lost to Australia. Both in the bowling and batting departments, the Pat Cummins-led Australia were the better side. India failed to post a competitive total and were restricted to 240 while Australia reached the target with seven overs to spare.
Pakistan pace great Shoaib Akhtar congratulated India on their entry into the final but added that the pitch for the Cricket World Cup final left a lot to be desired.
"India did not reach the final by luck. They made it to the final by playing brilliantly and they fought well. However, I was a bit disappointed with the pitch used for the game. I wish India prepared a better pitch and had not gone with a timid approach. You have red soiled pitch. Had there been more bounce and pace, the toss would not have played such a big role. India could have done better,” the ex-cricketer said in a video shared on his YouTube channel.
"I want to congratulate India for playing in the World Cup final. It is not an easy feat to achieve. They reached here by decimating other teams. Unfortunately, they always fall short in such matches. In the last 12 years or so, we have seen that they come very close to winning the trophy but somehow fail to do so. Luck has not favoured Team India. The Australians have got great nerves, they know how to control it."
Indian cricket team coach Rahul Dravid also said, in the post match presentation, that the nation should be proud of its players.
"I think there will be some disappointment but I think