WC 2003 - Boys went down a little after Sachins innings: Waqar

Published: Sunday, March 2, 2003, 6:15 [IST]
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Centurion: Pakistan captain Waqar Younis on Saturday admitted that Sachin Tendulkar had taken the game away from his team and said he had given up hope for a Super Six berth. "The boys went down a little after Sachin played that innings. It wasn't easy for us to pick ourselves after that," said Waqar about Tendulkar's breathtaking knock of 98 that paved the way for India's comprehensive six-wicket victory."Sachin played an absolutely brilliant knock. By putting India to 110 in the first 11 overs, he took the game away from us."Pakistan lost its third match out of five and must beat Zimbabwe with a big margin in its next game to entertain any hopes of qualifying for the Super Six."It doesn't look too good at the moment but a backdoor entry is still possible," said Waqar about the arithmetical calculations that can still put the team in the Super Six if it beats Zimbabwe and Australia defeats England in another match. "Ideally I would not have liked it this way," he said.Waqar said the Indians were playing very good cricket and had a fine chance of reaching at least the semi-finals of this competition."They are now in the Super Six stage and have a good chance for qualifying till the semi-finals," he said. "They are playing very good cricket at the moment." Waqar said the team had started fancying its chances once Tendulkar was out but commended Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh for finishing it well for India."We still thought we had a chance when Sachin was out but then Rahul Dravid came in and batted as he has always done, rotating the strike well and executing an excellent knock."Waqar felt his team's total was a good one but the bowlers and fielders displayed a very poor performance."I thought 270 was a good total. We didn't bowl that well and bowled both on both sides of the wicket. We didn't bowl according to the plan we had made against the Indians. None of the bowlers bowled in right place. "We also fielded very poorly and we have to really think hard about it."Waqar didn't single out Shoaib for bowling poorly and said generally everyone had a poor day in the field."Not only Shoaib, everyone else also bowled poorly. I removed Shoaib after his first over because he wasn't feeling well once he was hit for those runs in his first over." PTI

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