Veteran India cricketer Harbhajan Singh has leapt in defence of under-fire Pakistan players in the wake of their heavy defeat to India in the World Cup. Pakistan, on Sunday, lost to India in the World Cup for the seventh consecutive time. And it would not be very wrong to say that their performance in the latest defeat is the worst of the lot.
Despite winning the toss, Pakistan never looked at ease against India as they lost the game by 89 runs. India piled up a mammoth total of 336 for 5 after being asked to bat first. Openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul laid the foundation for the big total by adding 136 runs for the first wicket. Rohit and Kohli then added 98 runs for the second wicket as India headed towards the huge total. Rohit was the top-scorer with 140 while Rahul and Kohli scored 57 and 77 respectively.
In reply, Pakistan eventually finished on 212 for 6 in 40 overs while chasing a revised total. Barring the brief period when Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam were batting in the middle, the Men in Green never looked in contention. As expected, the Pakistani fans came down heavily on the players, slamming them for their dismal displays.
What made the fans even angrier was the poor fitness of the players. Following the game, some a number of videos and pictures emerged on social media, showing a few Pakistan players having burgers on the eve of the crucial World Cup encounter. Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed yawning on the field during the match did not help the team’s cause either.
But amidst all these, Harbhajan Singh has come to Pakistan team’s defence and said that players are allowed to eat whatever they want. He also said that the players’ diet should not be blamed for their performance on the field.
“They are allowed to have burgers, it’s their wish what they want to do,” Harbhajan Singh told India Today.
Harbhajan further warned Pakistan team of start winning games of face the repercussions. With just 3 points from five games, Pakistan are looking set to exit the World Cup at the group stage.
“I hope they start winning from here onwards. But if they don’t get forward and don’t get into the semis…I know the emotions with India and Pakistan, I think he (Sarfaraz Ahmed) will lose his job. That’s what happens in India and Pakistan, when you lose a couple of guys have to go,” Harbhajan said.