Shoaib Akhtar Blames Waqar Younis for Losing 1999, 2003 World Cup match against India
India and Pakistan have faced off seven times in World Cup cricket, but Pakistan not yet to win a single match. India has completely dominated the ICC tournaments against Pakistan, with the only loss in the 2017 Champions Trophy.
However, according to Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan could have defeated India in both 1999 and 2003. Pakistan’s player said the 2003 World Cup clash against India, which Pakistan lost by six wickets, was the most disappointing match of his entire career.
Akhtar was not at his best during the game, giving away 72 runs of his 10 overs and picking up a wicket. The former cricketer blamed his fitness and Waqar Younis’s poor captaincy for his disappointing performance in the match.
Shoaib Akhtar posted Video on YouTube
It was a bitter experience for me because we could have defeated India, both in 1999 and 2003, but we couldn’t. Don’t take credit away from India, which has played us very well at the World Cups.
I still regret that loss. If we could have scored a few more runs and played better, we could have won that game. But unfortunately, my fitness got in the way and it was also the bad captaincy that made us lose that game.
Pakistan Vs India Clash World Cup 2003
Pakistan chose to bat in the 2003 World Cup clash in Centurion, registering 273-runs for 7 wickets. Largely thanks to a good century of Saeed Anwar.
In response, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag bombed Pakistan’s new-ball attack, running at 50runs in less than six overs. While Sehwag out scoring 21-runs, Tendulkar ran amok, firing 98runs of just 75 balls before being bowled by Akhtar.
Rahul Dravid (44 not out) and Yuvraj Singh (50 not out) led India to an easy six-wicket victory with 26 balls remaining.
Shoaib Akhtar More Said That
After the end of our tickets, I told my teammates that we’ve probably scored 30-40 fewer runs. However, all the players on the team yelled at me saying that 273 are not enough, and then what is. They said we’ll do it. Be able to get the whole of India out. However, I knew the field was good for batting and will remain so in the second inning.
When we started bowling, I noticed that my left knee had become numb. Because of that, I couldn’t run properly during my bowling career. As a result, I couldn’t play well. Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag went for the charge from the first moment. Sachin played me well and even hit me so well.
I had no idea how to bowl and get the feed. Unfortunately, the captain (Waqar Younis) pulled me out of the attack. He brought me later in the innings, where I just played fast and short bowling. I left Sachin at 98 in a short ball. I told the captain I should have persisted with this kind of bowling from the beginning. In the end, we lost the game.