Pakistan’s dubious fielding has been in the news since forever. Against India they dished out multiple fielding bloopers to let the Indian batsmen flourish, even when their bowlers were trying their best to put pressure on them. Dropped catches, misfields, overthrows, you name it and Pakistan fielders were full of it.
But there was a marked improvement in their second game against South Africa, where they looked far more focussed in the field and avoided all the silly mistakes that probably cost them the game against India.
During the post match conference Sarfaraz was asked about how they worked on their fielding before the South Africa game, to which Sarfaraz had a very witty answer, saying that they did not work on it at all, thanks to the rain in England.
Sarfaraz was quoted saying “I think today one of the differences was our bowling and our fielding,” to which a reporter asked Sarafraz as to how they exactly went about their fielding drills before the game.
“Actually we do nothing,” said Sarfaraz, following which all the reporters erupted in a sea of laughter.
Pakistan brought up a surprise victory against the number one ODI side last night, aided by rain to some extent, but a huge upset nonetheless. Their win now means that they now have a huge chance of making it to the semi finals, if they find a way past Sri Lanka in their last group game.
South Africa on the other hand will have to do some soul searching in order to garner why they couldn’t do as well against a down and out Pakistan side. ABD’s form is a huge matter of concern for them and against a high profile Indian side they would have to be at their best.