As the cricketing world witnesses the unfolding drama of the World Cup 2023, Pakistan is facing unexpected setbacks in the cricket world. The team, usually strong and resilient, is going through a tough time. In this difficult journey, three big problems have emerged, making their World Cup performance look not so good.
In this tumultuous journey, three distinct setbacks stand out, painting a grim picture of their World Cup campaign. Let’s discuss the three glaring records that mark their struggle in this mega event.
Defensive Woes: Pakistan’s Struggle to Protect 270+ Totals
Pakistan, known for their strong defense of 270+ totals, has faced a surprising setback in the 2023 World Cup. Unlike their consistent performance from 1975 to 2019, they’ve stumbled twice this year. Afghanistan chased down 282, and South Africa successfully pursued 270, revealing weaknesses in Pakistan’s bowling. This raises concerns about their traditionally strong bowling unit, suggesting challenges in adapting to tough competition in this World Cup.
Historic Upset: Afghanistan Ends the Streak
In a surprising turn of events, Afghanistan made history by defeating Pakistan in the 2023 World Cup. Despite Pakistan’s previous dominance in seven meetings, Afghanistan secured their first-ever victory on the big stage. The unexpected loss highlighted how unpredictable Pakistan’s team can be, going against predictions and leaving fans and experts surprised and disappointed.
Unprecedented Slide: Four Consecutive World Cup Losses
In the 2023 World Cup, Pakistan faced a tough time, quite different from their usual success. They had a really bad run, losing four matches in a row. Even though they started well by beating the Netherlands and Sri Lanka, things went downhill. They lost to India and Australia, which was expected, but also to Afghanistan and South Africa, which was surprising. The defeat to South Africa was the first time they lost to them in a World Cup since 1999. This record shows a worrying decline in Pakistan’s performance, losing the resilience they were known for in past World Cups.
Despite the challenges, there is still a small chance for Pakistan to make it to the semi-finals. Even though it might seem tough, cricket fans know that the game is unpredictable. Pakistan is hoping for a comeback in the tournament to improve their performance, which has been disappointing until now.