Pakistan’s fast bowler Naseem Shah remained optimistic even as Afghanistan appeared to be on course for a surprise victory in the Cricket World Cup 2023 match on Monday. Despite being ruled out of Pakistan’s World Cup squad due to an injury, Naseem continued to support the team passionately from the sidelines.
When Pakistan was in a tight spot at Chepauk, Naseem took to social media to express his belief in a comeback for his team. However, reality unfolded differently on the field, and Afghanistan cruised to an eight-wicket win.
Social media users playfully poked fun at Naseem’s earlier tweet in the wake of the defeat.
Here’s how fans reacted”
In the post-match press conference, Pakistan captain Babar Azam addressed the team’s underwhelming performance in the tournament. He admitted that the team felt the absence of Naseem Shah and that they were struggling to find consistency, excelling in one area but struggling in another.
Babar also highlighted the importance of fielding and encouraged his teammates to put in extra effort in this area.
Despite the setback, Babar remains hopeful and is resolved to bring about positive change in the team. He is confident that his team will put forth their best effort in the matches to come.