Pakistan’s cricket veterans have expressed their admiration for the Indian cricket team for their outstanding performance in the World Cup, even though they lost to Australia in the final. Wasim Akram highlighted India’s current strength and resilience in the sport, emphasizing that setbacks like the final loss were a natural part of the game.
Recalling his experience as a captain when Pakistan played against India in the 1999 World Cup final, Akram stated that although they had been defeated, he believed they were a different side from what they are today. Rashid Latif echoed Akram’s sentiments, commending India’s impressive capabilities on par with those of Australia. However, he attributed their defeat to psychological factors rather than technical shortcomings.
Former Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq praised Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli for their leadership skills, stating that he believed younger players had learned a lot from them during the tournament. He also noted that India had shown exceptional talent and mental toughness throughout the competition but suggested that they needed to continue refining their programs and maintaining their depth of talent for future successes.