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Mickey Arthur Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Livepic.

Initially, it was expected that Pakistan would be easily outsmarting Team Indian in the Asia Cup 2018. But, the picture on the other side showed a different climax in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Indian won the game pretty convincingly by eight wickets without giving any single moment to cherish for Pakistan. Meanwhile, gutted Men in Green head coach, Mickey Arthur speaks about the loss.

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The coach maintained that it was the collective failure from the batting and bowling departments. He also made his voice on the senior players in the team, who failed to deliver that was assigned in the plans.

Pakistan batted outside our roles – Mickey Arthur

The Pakistan coach stated that the batsman played outside their roles. He insisted that it was Fakhar Zaman and Asif Ali’s role to look after the scoring rate and bat freely by finding the fence.

India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup, Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey grabbed a stunner to dismiss Sarfraz Ahmed. Credit: Getty Images

Surprisingly, Imam-ul-Haq and Sarfraz Ahmed went for the shots which are quite unusual. Further, he wanted all the batsmen to do their roles to perfection rather than going on with the flow of situations.

“[For] Imam, it’s not his role to be running down the ground to Bhuvneshwar in the third over. It’s not Sarfy’s [Sarfraz’s] role to be hitting over the top and getting caught out there. We’ve got X-factor guys whose role it is to do that. If Fakhar gets out playing that way, it’s okay. If Asif gets out like that it’s okay, because that’s his role. But the other four batsmen certainly need to take responsibility,” Arthur said.

Mickey Arthur, India, Pakistan, Asia Cup 2018
India beat Pakistan by 8 wickets. (Credits – AP)

“I think [it was] the pressure that told on Imam. As I said, out of his role, he had 2 off 8 balls or whatever, but Fakhar had just faced a maiden. So he tried to have a go, he tried to hit the ball that’s not in his area. If he comes down, he’s going to be going extra cover, not mid-wicket, so yes I do think there was a little bit of pressure,” he added.

Bowlers moved away from plans – Mickey Arthur

Meanwhile, speaking about the bowling plans, the coach opined that the fast bowlers got themselves under pressure for not picking the initial wickets.

It further led them to go out of the plans to give India the advantage.

India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup, Players Rating
Indian openers(Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

”On a wicket like that, you need to strike really early if you’re going to defend it. We didn’t strike early enough. With our bowling, we went outside our plans far too quickly. We wanted to bowl hard lengths, hit the top of off stump. It was tough to score then. I think there was a bit of panic when they didn’t strike early. We panicked and went away from our plans,” he asserted.

However, it was a disaster for Pakistan in the game against India.

Men in Green looked very confident and the home conditions gave a huge boost to the team ahead of the game. But the wheels came off without finding their feet on the accelerator.

Moreover, Mickey Arthur is hopeful for a strong comeback in the ongoing Asia Cup 2018.

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