As per the former Pakistan great, this kind of mindset by Indian batters is not beneficial for them when they take to the field against the side.
India is gearing up to face arch-rival Pakistan in a high-voltage Super Four match of the Asia Cup at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday.
Earlier in a group stage match, the Pakistan pacers caused a stir in the Indian top-order, leaving the side reeling at 66/4. However, Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan scored impressive half centuries to rescue team India as they could eventually score a prestigious total of 266.
Pakisan’s premier speedster Shaheen Afridi stood out with an impressive performance capturing 4/35. Other pacers Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah also stood out with excellent performances. Moreover, India’s struggle against Pakistan pacers continued.
Following the development, Indian players have showered massive praise upon the Pakistan pace trio since then. However, former Pakistan spinner Mushtaq Ahmed believes that Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been paying too much attention on the Pakistan pacers. As per the former Pakistan great, this kind of mindset by Indian batters is not beneficial for them when they take to the field against the side.
“When, as a leader, you talk in your group or talk to media, you show your eye contact. Little things mean a lot. Whenever there is presser, when you talk about opposition too much, praise them too much, the youngsters do feel, ‘they are good. they are better’,” said Mushtaq.
“It’s a skill game, but it’s also a game of mindset. India have great players but I am sorry, they are praising Pakistan too much. And it’s a good sign for us. Virat and Rohit, they are talking too much about Shaheen, Nasem, Babar Azam. And it’s good for us,” he added.
Source: Odisha TV