There is a saying that catches win matches. When the Australia Pakistan match was hung in balance in the 19th over, Matthew Wade tried to hit one out of the park. The ball was looking to clear the rope, but eventually fell into Hasan Ali’s hands who was unable to hold it. While the entire team would have brushed up and felt like keep going, nobody would have pondered that the match would be over for them in the next three balls, especially because that over was of Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Waqar Younis in a talk show with A sports defended Hasan Ali and said that teams drop catches but that doesn’t mean the individual becomes the scapegoat of losing the match. He admitted that Hasan Ali had a below-par WC tournament so far but his achievements in the last year were good. And that the team was banking on his skills to deliver, which didn’t come off in this tournament.
Citing the dropped catches by the Australian team, the anchor of the show admitted the Australians were able to cover it up, to which Waqar replied that Pakistan although dropped the crucial catch, but wasn’t able to cover up with their bowling. He pointed that the line and length from Shaheen Shah Afridi wasn’t the best on which he conceded three consecutive sixes.
Pakistan managed to score an above-par score and looked favourites in the match until the last four overs. Like the New Zealand England Semifinal, this match too got the momentum shifted from 16th over and the Aussies achieved the victory with an over to spare.
Known for his banana swing in his prime cricketing days, Waqar Younis voiced his sentiments that the whole nation is sad with the semi-final loss but have over exceeded the expectations of many in this World Cup.