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Australian commentator blames senior players for Pakistan’s failure

Pakistan failed to adapt to tournament's conditions, which impacted their over-all performance, says Sthalekar

By Sohail Imran
June 21, 2024
Former Australian cricketer and commentator Lisa Sthalekar. — Facebook/@LisaSthalekar/ File
Former Australian cricketer and commentator Lisa Sthalekar. — Facebook/@LisaSthalekar/ File

Calling Pakistan's performance at the T20 World Cup extremely unsatisfactory, cricket commentator and former Australian player Lisa Sthalekar blamed the senior players for the fiasco.

She emphasised that the Pakistan's inability to perform well under pressure at critical situations was the main reason behind their loss to India, despite restricting them to 119 runs in the New York encounter.

"The senior players' lack of performance was a significant reason for Pakistan's downfall," Sthalekar stated, highlighting a critical aspect of their struggle in the tournament.

According to former Aussie player, Pakistan failed to adapt to the tournament's conditions, both in terms of strategy and execution. This deficiency, she argued, severely impacted their overall performance.

In contrast, she lauded the United States for their remarkable achievement in defeating Pakistan and advancing to the Super Eight stage. She described it as a historic milestone for the American team, particularly noteworthy given their debut in international cricket tournament at this level.

The victory not only ignited celebrations in New York but also sparked widespread discussions across social media platforms. Even basketball players joined in, acknowledging the impact of America's unexpected success.

Discussing the broader tournament dynamics, Sthalekar emphasised that teams like the USA and Bangladesh demonstrated better adaptation to the tournament conditions compared to Pakistan.

The cricket commentator underscored the crucial role of preparation and adaptability in international cricket tournaments.