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Legendary seamer Waqar Younis has warned other teams that it “would be foolish to write of this Pakistan side” following their loss to the West Indies in their World Cup opener.
Pakistan were demolished by seven wickets as they were skittled out for 105.
Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam were the top scorers as they both made 22 runs, while Wahab Riaz chipped in with a quickfire 18 at the end.
Mohammad Hafeez was the only other batsman to reach double figures as he made 16.
The West Indies ended up cruising to victory as they reached their target with 218 balls to spare.
Despite a dismal start to their World Cup campaign, Younis believes that it would be a grave mistake for the other teams to underestimate Pakistan.
“You have to remember that this World Cup is a very long tournament. There is a lot of cricket still to be played and it would be foolish to write off this Pakistan side after their defeat to the West Indies,” he was quoted as saying by the Deccan Chronicle.
Younis admitted that he was highly impressed with the way in which the West Indian bowlers, especially Andre Russell, troubled Pakistan’s batsmen with short-pitched deliveries.
“You have to give credit to the West Indies for the way they used the short ball to pepper the Pakistani batsmen,” he said. “Andre Russell, in particular, was outstanding with those first three overs that he bowled at the top of the order. He may have only taken a couple of wickets, but it was his short-pitched barrage that showed the way for the rest of their attack.”
Pakistan’s next match will be against hosts England in Nottingham on Monday.