Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed was at his animated best during the press-conference ahead of the game against Bangladesh. Questions ranged from Pakistan’s performance in the ongoing World Cup, their poor performance in the last couple of years and other topics and it is safe to say that Sarfaraz failed to give satisfying answers.
One of those questions was about Pakistan’s dismal record in ODIs since their historic triumph in the 2017 Champions Trophy. Pakistan had defeated India in the final to win the trophy against all the odds. But since then, their performance has not been up to the mark. They were whitewashed by New Zealand and Australia in ODIs and lost series to South Africa and England as well. Their performance in last year’s Asia Cup was also abysmal.
In the ongoing year, they performed disastrously before the World Cup. In 14 matches, they managed to win only two and lost 11. In fact, they were on a 10-ODI losing streak at the start of the World Cup. Even in the first game of the World Cup, Pakistan suffered a heavy 7-wicket loss to West Indies before Australia and India beat them.
And with Pakistan now all but out of the World Cup, one of the journalists asked Sarfaraz Ahmed about his team’s poor performance. In reply, the wicketkeeper-batsman hilariously said next question as he completely ignored the question.
Here is that moment involving Sarfaraz Ahmed and the journalist:
Question: Did Pakistan's downfall start after the Champions Trophy win?
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) July 4, 2019
Pakistan, meanwhile, only have some mathematical chances of progressing ahead. Even if they manage to beat Bangladesh, it is highly unlikely that they would have a better net run-rate than New Zealand.
Australia, India and England have already sealed their spot in the last four of the competition. Australia are currently at the top of the points table and would finish there if they win their final game. India, on the other hand, can finish second even if they lose their final game. England will finish third while New Zealand look set to be the fourth-placed side.