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Legendary Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir believes that captain Sarfraz Ahmed has “slapped the faces of his critics” following his performance against New Zealand.
Sarfraz took three catches in the match, including a superb one-handed one while diving to his right to dismiss New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor.
Pakistan went on to win the match by six wickets and thus kept their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup semi-finals alive, while also handing the Black Caps their first loss in the tournament.
“The way Sarfraz took three outstanding catches, it was enough to prove his fitness and slapped the faces of [his] critics, who don’t know the ABCs of cricket and just have an aim to pile pressure on [the] Pakistan cricket team,” Qadir told The Nation.
“The captain proved his fitness. In cricket, physical fitness [is] proved through your ability, how you bat and bowl and field. Sarfraz was at the top of his game.”
Pakistan’s next World Cup match will be against Afghanistan at Headingley on Saturday.
If they beat Afghanistan, Pakistan will then have to take down Bangladesh at Lord’s on July 5 in order to have any chance of reaching the last four.
However, even if they defeat Afghanistan and Bangladesh, it might not be enough as they will have to rely on the results of other matches.