Former Indian Test team opener Aakash Chopra has slammed the Pakistani players who said that India deliberately lost against England in the 2019 World Cup so that Pakistan could not qualify for the semi-finals.
Aakash in his YouTube show Aakashvani said, “I am wearing a T-shirt that says” Don’t be ashamed “. Think a little and be ashamed. Despite being the ICC’s brand ambassador, Waqar Younis, during the World Cup, he gave the statement, India intentionally lost the match. Really. ”
Talking about the match, India had to chase the target of 338 runs put by England in that match. India’s victory in this match would have led Pakistan to the knockout. However, India could only manage 306 for five wickets. All-rounder Ben Stokes of England team has questioned the approach of the Indian batsmen in that match in his book ‘Ben Stokes on Fire’.
Stokes’s book caused many Pakistani players to circle India. Former Allrounder player Abdul Razzaq even said that there should be a fine and the penalty for this. Stokes himself later said that he never said that India intentionally lost the match.
Akash said, “Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s partnership may not make sense for Stokes, or he may have been confused by Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s approach, it makes sense, but he never said that India intentionally lost the match. Former Pakistan players are clearly saying that India willfully loses and the ICC should impose fines on it. How can you think that way? ”
Aakash Chopra’s slams the Pakistani cricketer
“At that time it was more important for India to top the group. India lost just one match in that group round and it was coincidental against England,” he said.
In World Cup 2019, the Indian team lost only one match in the league stage and that too against the host England. Pakistan team could have entered into the knockout stage if the Indian team would have won that match.