Pakistan is alive and kicking after India's loss in a world cup match, says coach Mickey Arthur

Pakistan players were incredibly hurt after reactions from fans on their defeat against Team India. They bounced back strongly to defeat South Africa yesterday. Here's what coach Mickey Arthur had to say
Pakistan are alive and kicking after India's loss, says coach Mickey Arthur
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Pakistan kept their hopes alive for a knockout berth as they beat a struggling South African side by 49 runs at Lord's on Sunday. After the thrashing against India, Pakistan cricketers received severe backlash from fans across the globe. They have hurled abuses at the players' fitness levels, their off-field activities, their eating habits and so on.

However, they came back strongly and defeated South Africa. The chief contributor with the bat was Haris Sohail, who made a swashbuckling 89 off 59 balls which helped his side to a total in excess of 300. With the ball, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Shadab Khan picked up eight wickets between them to restrict the Proteas to 259.

Addressing the media after the game against South Africa, Coach Mickey Arthur said, "I just think the guys were burnt last week (after the defeat against India). The guys were incredibly hurt by the media, by public, by social media, and hopefully we got a proper reaction from them and can shut some people up for a little while."

Pakistan now need to win their upcoming games against New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and expect a few other results to go by their way so as to have a shot at lifting the World Cup for the second time after 1992.

"I know we can beat New Zealand, We are alive and kicking, without a doubt, and if we play our best game, we can beat anybody. Whether that's New Zealand, Afghanistan or Bangladesh. Against England we put our three disciplines together, we are as good as any team in this competition."

When asked about the mediocre show in the field and dropping 16 catches in the tournament till date, He said, "That's something we'll be exploring again in the couple of days because we cannot because we cannot be dropping that many catches and then expect to beat teams getting into almost a knockout phase for us. So that's something we're going to have to keep working and keep chipping at."

In the next encounter, Pakistan will lock horns against New Zealand at Birmingham on June 26.

Also read: Faf du Plessis lashes out at South Africa's World Cup performance, terms it mediocre 

   

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