Karthik highlighted Pakistan's unique cricket strategy, noting that although it differs from teams like Australia or England, it doesn't necessarily mean it's flawed
Former Indian wicket-keeper batter, Dinesh Karthik, has dissected Pakistan's performance in the ongoing 2023 World Cup, pinpointing two players who he believes let the team down.
In a recent interview with Cricbuzz, Karthik emphasized the distinctive template employed by the Pakistan cricket team, acknowledging that while it may differ from those of teams like Australia or England, it doesn't necessarily imply a flawed approach.
However, he highlighted a crucial factor that, in his opinion, contributed to Pakistan's struggle – the lack of form with the ball.
"They have a template which is not probably followed by the other teams like in Australia or England but it doesn't mean they have bad template, what was happening is their lack of form with the ball showed. Haris Rauf was a massive miss for them, he was somebody who was touted to be the most important bowler who could bowl through the middle overs, pick up wickets and at the death, but he leaked a lot of runs in his first and second spell and then it was Shadab Khan, he was the biggest miss for them in this tournament, just couldn't pick up wickets, was a pale shadow of his past and that really showed why Pakistan struggled," Dinesh Karthik said.
Haris Rauf who is currently experiencing a dip in form during the ongoing ICC mega-event, has encountered challenges in maintaining his bowling performance.
In eight matches, he has secured 13 wickets but has conceded 469 runs at an economy rate of 6.79. Consequently, he stands as the second-highest run conceding bowler in the tournament.
It is worth noting that the Men in Green are currently at the fifth spot of the mega-event points table with four wins and four defeats and in order to reach the semi-final round, they will have to beat England by around 287 runs while batting first or by about 284 balls to spare while chasing the target.