Pakistan’s sensational run in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 was ended by Australia in the second semifinal of the ICC T20 World Cup. The Men in Green were in control of the match at the halfway mark but the attacking batting by Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis in the death overs took Aussies home in the penultimate over.
The players were devastated after the defeat, which was confirmed by Pakistan’s batting consultant Matthew Hayden.
“The scenes in the dressing room, it didn’t shock me when you do play with your heart. Just how the heart gets broken when you go into a match with expectations and it doesn’t come off due to a number of different reasons,” Hayden said in a conversation with Pakistan’s bowling coach Vernon Philander.
“Your heart is broken that’s what really you saw in the dressing room, just scenes of complete devastation,” he added.
“Going right back to the first match against India, from an outsider’s perspective, looking at that change room the scene was entirely different, very calm, very relaxed and very balanced approach. It was such a huge match,” said the former prolific Australia opener.
Meanwhile, Philander stated that Pakistan players couldn’t hold their nerves in the semifinal.
“If we are brutally honest to ourselves, I think the moment got to us a little bit. Probably a little bit of panic set in, especially in fielding. It’s one area that we highlighted, it could harm us. And It cost us a little bit in the semifinal. The calmness factor was probably missing in the semifinals,” the former South African pacer pointed out.