Ever since Ben Stokes, in his book, has said that he was surprised to see India’s chase against England in last year’s World Cup, a number of former Pakistan cricketers and fans have been busy claiming that the Men in Blue lost the game deliberately.
A win for India in that game would have sent England packing while Pakistan would have progressed ahead to the semifinal. However, the Virat Kohli-led side lost the high-scoring encounter by 31 runs. Chasing an improbable total of 338 against the spirited hosts and the eventual winners, India did stay in contention but eventually ended up on 306.
The loss was India’s only loss in the group stages before they lost the semifinal against New Zealand. On the other hand, Pakistan finished the tournament at fifth spot after missing out on the semifinal spot due to poor net run-rate.
And now former Pakistan spinner Mushtaq Ahmed has also taken a shot at India. Mushtaq Ahmed has claimed that even West Indies players were surprised to see India’s batting against England. He revealed that the likes of Andre Russell, Chris Gayle and Jason Holder walked up to him and said that India didn’t want Pakistan to progress.
“I was working with the West Indies squad at last year’s World Cup. After India’s loss to England, Jason Holder, Chris Gayle and Andre Russell said to me, Mushy, India didn’t want to see Pakistan qualify for the semi-finals,” Mushtaq Ahmed told Pakistani news channel ARY Sports.
As far as Pakistan’s performance in the tournament is concerned, they started disastrously by winning just one of their first five games including a heavy seven-wicket defeat to West Indies in the tournament opener. They did manage to win their last four games but it was not enough.