Waqar critical of Pakistan’s Fielding Efforts
Pakistani bowling coach Waqar Younis said ” couldn’t have been a better advertisement for Test cricket” refers to the first Test, which the West Indies won by a single wicket when chasing a 168-run goal in Jamaica. While applauding the pacers’ efforts in keeping Pakistan in the game despite defending a low score, Waqar was critical of Pakistan’s catch late in the game, which proved to be a crucial role in the West Indies taking a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
Remained Calm Under pressure
At one point, the West Indies were 114/7, having lost Jermaine Blackwood (55) and Jason Holder (16) in rapid succession. Kemar Roach and Joshua Da Silva teamed together for an important partnership, but Pakistan still had the upper hand at 142/8 and 151/9. Roach, on the other hand, who received a couple of reprieves, remained composed under pressure to get his team over the finish line.
“It was a very good Test match, couldn’t have had a better advertisement for Test cricket. Unfortunately, we were on the wrong side of the result, but that’s the way cricket goes. Of course, mistakes happened, which is why we came second. We were poor with the catching – if you let go of catches intense moments then they’ll hurt you. The bowlers gave it they are all in the end, hats off to them.
I feel proud of this bowling unit, the way they fought in this Test match. It’s the work of the bowlers to create opportunities. They were 114 for 7 and there were three opportunities after that. If we cannot grab that as a unit then it will hurt us,” said Waqar.
“The conditions are likely to be the same for the second Test. I’m not sure about the (weather) forecast. We want to play in the same way and with the same spirit as we did in the previous Test. We want to avoid the mistakes that we did in the last Test.”
Problems with Babar Azam’s captaincy
“He (Babar) captained really well throughout the Test match. It’s not easy for a young captain in Test matches like this but he did a wonderful job. Unfortunately, we couldn’t really finish the game,” Waqar said. “Abbas, I thought, bowled beautifully. There are some days when luck is not on your side.
The way Abbas bowled, he should have taken a lot more wickets. He was beating the bat, not finding the edges, that’s part of the game. Abbas is a wonderful professional, he bowled really well but unfortunately, he didn’t take as many wickets as we expected. But that’s fine with me.”