Former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has once again stirred controversy with his recent remarks about the Indian cricket team following their defeat in the World Cup 2023 final against Australia. In a statement that has gained attention on social media, Razzaq expressed an unconventional view, suggesting that India’s loss was ultimately beneficial for the sport of cricket.
Speaking on the Pakistani TV show ‘Hasna Mana Hai,’ Razzaq claimed that the Indian team’s overconfidence played a significant role in their downfall. He argued that India’s utilization of pitch conditions worked against them and that it was a positive outcome for cricket that they did not emerge victorious in the World Cup final.
“Indians were over-confident. Cricket won and India lost. Had India won the World Cup, it would have been a very sad moment for the game. They used conditions to their advantage, and I have never seen such a bad pitch for any ICC final before. It’s great for cricket that India lost,” remarked Razzaq in the talk program.
Attempting to support his argument, Razzaq pointed out the stark contrast between the two semi-finals and the final itself. The pitch used in the final at the Narendra Modi Stadium differed significantly from the high-scoring semi-final in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium and the subsequent knockout in Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.
Despite entering the World Cup final with a 10-match unbeaten streak, India fell short against Australia. After setting a target of 240, India struggled to defend it, and Travis Head’s century secured Australia’s victory with six wickets remaining.
“Had India won, we would have felt very bad because they were utilizing the conditions. In one semifinal, they score 400, and in the other, 350. In the other semifinal, 220-230 runs were scored. Then in the final, 240 runs were scored. That means there is something wrong (with the conditions). There should be fair pitches, fair atmosphere, both teams should have balance. Today also India took advantage. Had Kohli (Virat) scored 100, then India would have won the World Cup,” added Razzaq.
While Abdul Razzaq’s comments may be perceived as controversial, they add an intriguing perspective to the discourse surrounding India’s performance in the World Cup final.