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Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has said that he wanted to “commit suicide” after his side’s loss to arch-rivals India on June 16.
Arthur admitted that his side are under immense pressure constantly since they are always been scrutinised by the media and have to live up to fans’ expectations.
However, with the men in green having beaten South Africa on Sunday, Arthur pointed out that one positive performance can change everything.
But, Pakistan still face an uphill battle in regards to their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals at the World Cup.
As for South Africa, they have been eliminated from the tournament, but Arthur, who used to coach the Proteas, firmly believes that they can bounce back as they are a very talented team.
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) June 24, 2019
“It happens so quick. You lose a game, you lose another game. It’s a World Cup. [There’s] media scrutiny, public expectations and then you almost go into survival mode. We’ve all been there,” Arthur was quoted as saying by Saj Sadiq on Twitter.
“Last Sunday I wanted to commit suicide, but it’s only one performance. We always keep telling our players it’s one performance, who’s going to stimulate us today. I thought for us the way Fakhar (Zaman) and Imam (Ul-Haq) went out and got us a start, that sort of quietened the nerves down a little bit.
“That’s all South Africa need, they need KG (Kagiso Rabada) to run in and knock over three [batsmen] with the new ball early or Quinny (Quinton de Kock) to go in and get a quick fifty just to get it going, and then they’ll feed off that. That’ll turn around very, very quickly, you know you always say your’re always one performance [away]. You’re either a hero or a villain and it only takes one performance to get back to where you need to be. I’m confident that they can because there’s a hell of an amount of talent in that dressing room.”
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Wednesday.