Karachi: Pakistan’s former chief selector Salahuddin Ahmed Sallu Saturday said that Pakistan team displayed team game in the second ODI match, which they won by six wickets, and if they want to win in the remaining matches, they must emulate the same team spirit in matches to come.
“In the first ODI, the team played individual game and as a result conceded a massive 125run defeat. But this time I was happy to see the players playing as a one unit, which was the main reason that our team won,” Sallu said.
Pakistan on Friday drew the five match ODI series 11 after beating host South Africa by six wickets at Centurion.
Sallu also said that the senior players have proved their critics wrong as they also helped the team in wining.
“Younus Khan, who had been under immense criticism, put useful 32 runs and Misbahul Haq scored a fifty, which helped the team in registering a formidable win. Shoaib Malik also batted well,” he said.
Meanwhile, he showered praises on towering pacer Mohammad Irfan for doing the most damage to the South African team by capturing four important wickets.
“Irfan bowled brilliantly and it was he who contributed the most in restricting the South Africans to a modest total,” he said. Pakistan restricted South Africa to a modest 191run total.
He said that Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez bowled well – each capturing two wickets. He also said that that Shahid Afridi should also be praised as he conceded only 24 runs in eight overs.
“In limited overs, bowling economically is as important as taking wickets,” he said.
However, he said that team must not relax after levelling the series and should stay prepared to face a rejuvenated South African team in the third ODI on Sunday at Johannesburg.
“Pakistan should now not get complacent and focus on performing well in the remaining matches as well because South Africa would attempt to once more take the lead by winning the third ODI,” he said.
He also advised that new talent should be hunted in order to slowly replace the ageing players. “It is a slow process because making many changes quickly would bring down team’s performance. So slowly, new talent should be introduced in the team in order to prepare a strong team for future.”