The Indian cricket team may have lost the World Cup to Australia, but their outstanding performance has been widely praised by Pakistan’s cricket veterans. Wasim Akram, in particular, has expressed his admiration for India’s dominant position in the sport.
Akram emphasized that defeats like the one in the final were just a part of the game. He also highlighted India’s cricket infrastructure, citing the effective programs and the depth of talent that sustains Indian cricket. Despite their loss, Akram commented, “India had one bad day, and unfortunately, it came in the final.” However, he noted that their cricket was in a good place and that they just needed to continue doing these things.
Rashid Latif agreed with these sentiments and suggested that the Indian team’s capabilities were on par with the Australians, attributing the loss to psychological factors. Furthermore, Latif praised Mohammed Shami and regarded him as the standout player for India in the World Cup.
Former Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq lauded Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli for their leadership. He also highlighted that younger players must have learned a lot from them during the World Cup. Overall, Pakistan’s cricket veterans have shown great respect for India’s outstanding performance in the World Cup, despite their loss to Australia.