Pakistan coach Waqar Younis Wednesday insisted his team would bounce back in the World Cup despite a demoralising defeat against arch-rivals India, a loss he blamed on an inability to handle big-match pressure.
“We can all see what went wrong,” Waqar told reporters. “We didn’t play well,
“But we have to realise that it’s just the start and there are more games to play and we will come back in the matches ahead.”
Waqar has said that his team was not amongst the title favourites. He first made this statement before the team's departure for
“I think it’s the same, I back that again, I am not saying that we have become favourites," Waqar said after his team's recent loss. "Of course, saying that releases pressure from players when you are not favourites."
Waqar, who is in his second stint as coach after guiding the team to a semi-final finish in the 2011 World Cup, blamed poor batting for the
“Unfortunately our batting did not click,” said Waqar.
“A target of 300 runs in
“We know the importance of the game so we will try to have a positive frame of mind and do well,” said Waqar, who admitted that experimenting with Younis Khan as an opener had failed.
“The experiment to use Younis wasn’t successful,” said Waqar. “It’s not too tough to drop a senior player but in a tournament like the World Cup you try to use maximum experience.
“When we used Younis at number three or four he was not scoring runs so as per the requirement we used him as an opener but it didn’t work.”
Younis, playing his fourth World Cup, has managed just 73 runs in seven matches with a highest of 25 since the team’s arrival in