BIRMINGHAM: Pakistan captain Misbah slamed batsmen after South Africa debacle.He said”totally lost” top order after another poor display with the bat left his side struggling to qualify for the Champions Trophy semifinals.
Pursuing 235-run target against South Africa, Pakistan collapsed to 167 all out during a 67-run defeat by the Proteas in a day/night clash at Edgbaston on Monday.
“One day it is ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ (long live Pakistan), the next day it is boos,” Misbah told reporters.
“When you produce these sort of performances, they (the fans) have the right to say this. The players need to take responsibility.
“If you are not delivering as a player, the team will suffer. At the moment, no-one is justifying their place in the team. No-one is getting runs.
“You think about selection after the tournament. We thought these were the best six batsmen in Pakistan when we came here.
“Again, it is about application and batsmen applying themselves. All the responsibility lies with the players.
“It’s really difficult when your batting is performing like that. It’s really disappointing.”
“Even in mid-innings, it was less than six-an-over and it was very much like a Pakistan pitch,” he said.
“We’ve played time and time again on these sort of pitches. You can’t say the wicket was difficult.”
“I think the positive is our bowling. They really, really are bowling very well,” said Misbah. “Our fielding is really improving. That is the biggest positive.
“But as a batting unit, I think you can say it’s totally lost,” he added.