Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra slammed former Pakistan cricketers for claiming that India deliberately lost to England in The World Cup of 2019, to make sure that Pakistan does not qualify for the semi-finals.
Ever since England all-rounder Ben Stokes in his book ‘On Fire’ shared that he was surprised to see the Virat Kohli-led side’s approach while chasing, many came forward to claim the statement mentioned above.
Recently, former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq questioned India’s approach.
“There is no doubt that India lost on purpose. I had told this at that time as well. In fact, everyone else opined the same. For a person [Dhoni] who can hit fours and sixes at will, he was blocking everything…Hence, one tends to know,” said Razzaq.
In a recent YouTube video, Chopra seemed outraged as he hit back hard at former Pakistan crickets.
“I am wearing a T-shirt which says Sharam (shame) not found. Think a little and have some shame. Despite being the brand ambassador for the ICC, Waqar Younis stated the World Cup that India threw the match away on purpose. I mean seriously,” said Chopra. “It is understandable if the partnership between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma didn’t make sense to Stokes or if he was confused by Dhoni’s approach towards the end. But he never said that India deliberately lost the match.”
“Former Pakistani cricketers are openly saying that India lost deliberately and ICC should fine them. How can you think like that? It was more important for India to top the group at that time. India only lost one game in the group stages, which happened to be that game against England,” he added.
After missing out on the semifinal spot because of poor net run-rate, Pakistan finished the mega event at the 5th spot.