The 60-year-old Ramiz Raja, who was recently sacked as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, has lavished praise on the modern-day batting great Virat Kohli for playing an outstanding and world-class knock under pressure against the Babar Azam and Co. in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022.
India were reduced to 31/4 while chasing 160 against the Men In Green in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and for a moment it looked like India will suffer yet another heartbreaking World Cup defeat at the hands of Pakistan.
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However, Virat Kohli didn’t let that happen as he played an absolutely stupendous knock of 82* runs to help India secure a 4-wicket win over the arch-rivals.
Speaking on his official YouTube channel days after being sacked as PCB chairman, Ramiz Raja talked about Pakistan’s defeat and said that they just overanalyzed the situation and failed to handle the pressure. He said:
“Virat Kohli played an outstanding knock against Pakistan. It was a world-class innings. He played some very tough shots despite the pressure. In Pakistan, we tend to overanalyze things.
“India required 16 runs to win in the final over. So if they hit four boundaries or three sixes to win from there, all we could have done was salute them. However, Pakistan overanalyzed the situation and lost due to pressure.”
If your best player is even just 75 percent fit, you have to take a chance in such tournaments – Ramiz Raja on Shaheen Shah Afridi
Pakistan pace spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi was the leading wicket-taker for the Men In Green in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, with 11 wickets from seven matches.
Meanwhile, Ramiz Raja revealed that the premier pacer was not 100 percent fit and he was recovering from his knee injury, but the team management took a chance by adding him to the squad considering the importance of the tournament. He elaborated:
“Shaheen Afridi was not 100 percent. He had his own apprehensions regarding where he wanted to get fit. I believe that we wasted 10–15 days initially. But you’ve got to take a chance with such players at the World Cup. If your best player is even just 75 percent fit, you have to take a chance in such tournaments.
“Imran Khan did the same at the 1992 World Cup, bowling with an injured shoulder. Even Javed Miandad was not fully fit during the 1992 World Cup and was struggling with a back spasm. Shaheen Afridi himself wanted to play. He is a superstar. We must give him credit for giving it his all at the T20 World Cup.”