Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan backed the Indian cricket team, which is suffering criticism for their poor show in the T20 World Cup.
India suffered consecutive defeats against Pakistan, and New Zealand in Group 2 of the Super 12 stage and there chance of qualifying for the semis look bleak.
Keep that aside and just keep thinking positively: Irfan Pathan to Team India
Since June, the Indian team has been travelling rigorously and adhered to different COVID-19 bio-bubbles.
Irfan Pathan advised the Indian team to focus on their remaining matches with enough motivation and feel proud to play for their country.
“Look, the Indian team has been touring non-stop, first WTC, then the England tour- then the whole IPL, and now coming into the World Cup is not easy for anyone. But, most of the teams are in the same boat as well,” Irfan Pathan said on Star Sports.
“So, you need to keep that aside and just keep thinking positively, because I think, in the two years of the pandemic a lot of people have lost their jobs as well. So, you need to think from that perspective, that you are definitely working but you are representing your country as well that’s the biggest pride moment for anyone,” he added.
India need to get the batting combination right: Irfan Pathan
India’s batting has been one of the major reasons for their dismal performance in the mega event. A top-order collapse, and the team found it difficult to recover on both occasions.
India opened Ishan Kishan along with KL Rahul against New Zealand, and Rohit Sharma was demoted to No.3 position.
India will be playing their only game in Abu Dhabi against Afghanistan on Wednesday.
Irfan Pathan asked the Indian team to fix their batting line-up and said the ball will come well on the bat.
“First of all, get the batting combination right, get the proper guys at the proper position like Rohit Sharma batting up the order and then once he gets set then it’s a different thing,” Irfan Pathan mentioned.
“With the Abu Dhabi pitch, you get more turns but the good thing is the pitch has more pace as well which means it will come nicely onto the bat and this is what the Indian team needs to be aware of.
“They don’t need to worry about what happened in Dubai, they don’t need to be worried about what’s happening in Sharjah as far the pitch is concerned where the ball doesn’t come onto the bat,” he added.
India play against Afghanistan on Wednesday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.