Pakistan’s batting coach, Andrew Puttick, expressed optimism on Wednesday, stating that the Pakistani cricket team, known as the “Men In Green,” still harbors hopes of securing victories in the upcoming World Cup matches, despite suffering three consecutive losses.
Currently, Pakistan stands in fifth position on the points table after being defeated by Afghanistan, Australia, and India. To have a chance at qualifying for the semi-finals of the ICC’s marquee event, they need to win all their remaining matches.
Speaking with Geo News regarding Pakistan’s chances of advancing to the World Cup’s final four, Puttick maintained a positive outlook, saying, “Our backs are against the wall, but we still have a chance, and there’s no option now. We have to go and do the business and bring our best. I’m pretty confident we can get the ball rolling starting on Friday.”
Pakistan’s skipper, Babar Azam, acknowledged the team’s shortcomings after a humiliating defeat to Afghanistan but emphasized their determination to fight on in the upcoming fixtures.
The next challenge for Pakistan is facing South Africa at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on October 27. South Africa has been a formidable side in the tournament, winning four out of five matches.
Andrew Puttick, a former South African cricketer, emphasized that Pakistan will need to play their best cricket to beat an in-form side like South Africa.
After three consecutive defeats, morale within the Pakistan camp was a point of concern. Puttick shed light on the team’s spirits, stating that the players were eager to put in a good performance on the field.
When asked about the areas Pakistan needs to work on to challenge South Africa, Puttick stressed the importance of bringing their best game and having clear plans.
Regarding Pakistan’s batting capabilities, Puttick expressed confidence in their ability to match South Africa’s aggressive batting, highlighting the quality lineup of Pakistani batsmen and the potential for strong partnerships and powerplay performance improvements.
When asked about his views on Saud Shakeel, Puttick praised the young cricketer’s potential and adaptability in the number five position, expressing expectations for his continued growth in the ODI side.