Jason Holder’s decision to put Pakistan in to bat in their World Cup opener at Trent Bridge under overcast conditions proved to be a masterstroke, as the West Indies’ pace bowling quartet scythed through the opposing lineup.
Rattling the Pakistan batsmen with a barrage of short balls, Windies exposed the Men in Green’s lingering frailties against these type of deliveries. Fending off to the wicketkeeper, guiding the ball to slips or hurried for pace while blindly swishing at the ball, the Pakistan batters were truly hopeless as they were continually camped on the back foot.
Losing 7 of their batsmen to short balls, Pakistan’s calamitous problem is symptomatic of their declining status in ODI cricket in recent times. With still 8 matches to go in the World Cup campaign, it takes no rocket science to predict that other teams will also be targeting the Pakistan with fearsome bouncers and chin music.