Despite Pakistan’s cricket veterans expressing their admiration for the Indian cricket team’s outstanding performance in the World Cup, they have also acknowledged that India lost to Australia in the final. Wasim Akram has highlighted that defeats like the one in the final were just a part of the game and emphasized India’s dominant position in the sport.
Akram praised India’s cricket infrastructure, citing their effective programs and depth of talent that sustains Indian cricket. He noted that India had one bad day, which unfortunately came in the final, but that their cricket was still in a good place.
Rashid Latif agreed with these sentiments and suggested that India’s capabilities were on par with those of Australia. However, he attributed the loss to psychological factors, praising Mohammed Shami 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 and highlighted that younger players must have learned a lot from them during the World Cup.