Former Pakistani spinner Danish Kaneria lashed out at the Pakistan batting unit for their average performance against the inexperienced New Zealand side.
Apart from the senior players Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Imam-ul-Haq, the remaining batters were not up to the mark. Kaneria also complained about the defensive approach the Pakistani side played with.
The 42-year-old commented on Imam-ul-Haq’s innings of 90 runs off 107 balls in the third ODI at the National Stadium in Karachi on Wednesday, May 3. He stated that the innings was boring and wanted to skip it. He claimed that Indian batters Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan would have scored over 200 runs in those many balls.
“Only Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, and Mohammad Rizwan have scored runs among the batsmen. Big runs have yet to be scored by anyone. Go ahead and score 350–400 runs against your mediocre opposition. Just tuk-tuk cricket, that’s all. The pace of it makes me want to fast-forward. Imam made 90 runs off of 107 balls. Ishan Kishan or Suryakumar Yadav would have scored a double century if they had played 107 balls.”
Notably, Pakistan already won the five-match series by clinching victories in the first three games.