The youngsters credited the captain and players for showing their strength in the last four matches but still not qualifying for the semis really hurt them a lot.
“Overall our performance was good or even strong in the last few matches. We as a team tried hard to overcome our mistakes and wanted to make it to the final fours,” leg-spinner Shadab Khan said while talking to the media in Rawalpindi.
“The performance was good but for me qualifying into the semis or winning the mega event would have given more joy on the faces of our fans. You are not satisfied when you lose and at that time when you are in good knick but unfortunately it gets all over for you,” Imad said.
The left-handed allrounder recalled the meeting with the captain Sarfraz Ahmed after India’s loss and coined it one of the turning points for them in the mega event.
“We were very down after that defeat and to be honest every player was equally disappointed. We decided to take a two-day rest from cricket and after that, the captain called a meeting in which we discussed the things regarding the way forward. It was casual meet-up between us and Sarfraz motivated us a lot,” he said.
Imad also rejected all the news regarding poor relations between him and Sarfraz over the team’s captaincy. “Look we play as a team and work hard to win matches. Whether you are a captain or a player, your top priority must be your team. There is nothing fishy in between me and Sarfraz,” he said.
The 30-years-old Imad thinks that the coach’s role is to provide a plan to the team so then it depends on players that how they execute those plans.
“I think the coaching staff has done a great job and helped us a lot throughout our World Cup campaign,” said Imad.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan team players returned country after they made exit from the biggest multi-nation cricket tournament with 11 points equal to that of fourth Semi-finalist New Zealand but their net run-rate cost them highly.