Former Pakistani cricketer and renowned cricket analyst/commentator Rameez Raja, after witnessing Pakistan’s performance during the semi-finals of U-19 World Cup against India, expressed his concerns regarding the manner in which the boys in green surrendered in front of a formidable Indian colts attack.
After losing the toss, Pakistan conceded 273 runs thanks to some sloppy fielding, missed catches and run-out opportunities. The likes of Manjot Kalra, Prithvi Shaw, and Shubman Gill made use of the repeated lives offered to them and put forward essential contributions. In fact, Gill brought up his ton with help of a dropped catch at long-off.
Meanwhile, chasing a challenging score, the Pakistani batsmen had no answer to the pace triplet of India featuring Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Ishan Porel, and Shivam Mavi. Porel went on to register a four-wicket haul, ripping apart the batting lineup, while Nagarkoti and Mavi were at their miserly best with an economy of nearly one and a half each.
The spinners then joined the party later as they picked a couple of wickets each. As a result, the Pakistan U19 team were handed a humiliating 203 run defeat at the hands of their arch-rivals. Rameez Raja tagged this loss as an eye-opener and took to Twitter to reveal his distress watching the young Pakistanis succumb under pressure.
“At Under 19 level, losing games should not come as a shock as it is a learning curve for young apprentices but a margin of defeat that Pakistan Under 19 suffered at the hands of India Under 19 is, I am afraid, shocking and an eye-opener. Let’s reset and redo underage cricket please,” tweeted Rameez Raja.
Here’s the Tweet:
At Under 19 level losing games should not come as a shock as it is a learning curve for young apprentices but margin of defeat that Pak under 19 suffered at the hands of Ind Under 19 is I am afraid shocking and an eye opener. Let’s reset and redo under age cricket pls!!
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) January 30, 2018
The fact that the unit could not go past 18 runs cumulatively and was not able to play out even thirty overs has raised a few question regarding the current crop of young cricketers in the country of Pakistan.