ISLAMABAD

Former chief selector and Pakistan national team coach Mohsin Hasan Khan termed Pakistan victory against Australia nervy and unconvincing.

Talking to The Nation on Monday, Mohsin said: “After scoring 191, Pakistan team should have restricted Aussies to around 150 runs keeping in mind, we have the services of world’s best spin bowlers, but Aussies almost take the match away from Pakistan.”

“Ahmed Shahzad and M Hafeez must have to rethink their strategy as both of them got out against India and Australia cheaply, which put burden on Umar Akmal and others. I must appreciate the way Kamran Akmal is batting under enormous pressure, as he has just made comeback into the national team, but the way he had so far handled the pressure is really commendable,” he said and added: “It was Kamran, who not only batted sensibly but also gave a solid stand to Umar Akmal, who played a superb and mind blowing innings. Umar batted with supreme authority and punished Australia’s bowlers badly.”

Mohsin further said: “In my opinion, Pakistan team still fell short of posting another 10 to 15 runs as the way Umar was batting, I was certain Pakistan could cross 200 runs, but later order batsmen failed to carry on the momentum. Sohaib Maqsood must have to learn how to craft innings. Afridi played very well.”

“Zulfiqar Babar was the difference in Pakistan bowling attack. I was astonished why Zulfiqar was left out from the playing XI against India, he could have proved trump card, had he given chance against arch-rivals. I am amazed after taking two quick wickets, Hafeez let Kangroos off the hook as the captain should have carried on with Zulfiqar to continue attacking Australian batting and grabbing more wickets,” the ex-chief selector stated.

“Junaid Khan should be part of playing XI as he is as good in the early part of the innings and can bowl exceptionally in the end of the innings. Glenn Maxwell has almost taken game away from the men in green as he played marvelous shots and he was almost unstoppable. Finch also batted sensibly but he just rotated strike and gave maximum opportunities to Maxwell,” he maintained.

“There were two turning points in the match. Firstly, wicket of Maxwell and secondly, 47th over bowled by magician Saeed Ajmal which was a classic over and laid the foundation of Pakistan’s victory. But Hafeez should have led from the front as being fully aware of the fact that youngster Bilawal Bhatti was hit for a record 30 runs in the previous over, the skipper should have bowled the last over himself instead of giving it to the young lad,” he added.”

“Now Pakistan team has time before taking on hosts Bangladesh, so they must chalk out comprehensive strategy and work on each and every player. Ahmed and Hafeez have to deliver, if the team wants to progress to the next round as Bangladesh is very good at home and West Indies will try to win to stay in the event,” Mohsin concluded.