Shan Masood Takes Blame
Pakistan Middle-order Batsman takes responsibility for not finishing the game in big fashion
Shan Masood believes he is largely to blame for Pakistan’s T20 World Cup loss to England at the MCG because they were unable to post a competitive total. Masood led Pakistan to 137 for 8 with a score of 38 off 28 balls. However, he was one of three batters to be dismissed by Sam Curran after chipping into the deep and was out with three and a half overs remaining.
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The game’s turning point appeared to be Shaheen Shah Afridi’s injury, which enabled Ben Stokes (52 not out off 49 balls) to take advantage and guide England home with five wickets and an over remaining.
Masood, however, was extremely critical of himself for leaving the game at the moment he did because Pakistan had only added 18 runs in the final four overs, falling far short of their target.
Shah Masood Comments
Masood started off by saying, “When Babar and I were batting, we built a very good platform and then lost two wickets. We recovered that with Shadab and myself and then I don’t think we finished well and I think me and Shadab hold ourselves accountable for not staying there.”
“There were stages, especially with the bat where we could have finished the innings really well. Personally, I take blame for it. I thought that we’re aiming for 170 and having looked at how the innings ended, maybe we could have used with a batsman staying until the end and getting us to 155-160 which looked very good on a pitch that did something.”
Talking about bowling performance he further added “With the ball, we were bowling some really really good deliveries, some very good spells, but maybe we also gave a few runs away too many early on which we could have done without. At the end in that crucial period where we lost Shaheen, we could have done with his two overs at the end.”
“We’re a bit disappointed. We couldn’t seal it in the crucial moments. England was very good in those crucial moments. I thought they came at us both with the bat and the ball.”
Pakistan came close to winning the second T20 world cup but unfortunately, they lost it to England. Pakistan at one stage was really confident that they will win the T20 World Cup due to some circumstances they were unable to win the game. Hard luck to the Pakistani team and let’s hope that they will come back.