Shadab Khan disappointed with his and team’s performance in ICC World Cup 2023.
Khan takes responsibility, emphasizes need for individual improvement.
Pakistan squad leaves after defeat to England; Khan highlights collective mistakes.
In a post-elimination interview, Shadab Khan, the vice-captain of the Pakistan cricket team, expressed profound disappointment with both his personal performance and the team’s overall display in the ICC Men’s World Cup 2023. Pakistan’s journey in the mega cricket event concluded with a decisive 93-run defeat against England in their last group match at Kolkata’s Edens Gardens.
The 25-year-old all-rounder did not mince words, acknowledging that he fell short of the expectations placed on him. “I am also disappointed with myself; I didn’t live up to expectations. I should have performed. I think my non-performance brought the team here. If I had performed as a bowler, the result could have been different,” Shadab said.
Taking responsibility for the team’s shortcomings, Shadab emphasized the importance of individual accountability in cricket. “We made a lot of mistakes and there were weaknesses, which is why we got eliminated. We failed in all three areas, but bowlers particularly didn’t perform. You have to play according to cricket. In batting, too, we have to play according to modern-day cricket,” he stated.
The vice-captain vowed to return to Pakistan and meticulously analyze his mistakes during the World Cup, demonstrating a commitment to learning from the experience. “We did not play well as a team. We are all responsible,” he added, highlighting the collective nature of the team’s failure.
Shadab also addressed the prevailing culture of placing undue blame on the captain, asserting that everyone in the team has a role to play in both victories and defeats. “A captain is not solely responsible for winning or losing; everyone has a role to play, but our culture is such that everything is blamed on the captain,” he remarked.
In the wake of the disappointing performance, the Pakistan squad is set to depart from India in two groups. The first batch of 11 members left Kolkata on an Emirates flight (EK571) at 8:55 am (Sunday) via Dubai, with the remaining members scheduled to depart later in the day on the same airline’s EK573 flight at 08:20 pm. Upon landing in Dubai, the players and squad members will disperse to their respective cities.
As the cricketing community reflects on Pakistan’s early exit from the World Cup, the focus now turns to the team’s introspection and efforts to regroup for future challenges.
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