Wasim Akram, who was a member of the 1992 World Cup winning team, said that being a former player, he knows how mentally strong Australian players are in knockout matches. He said, ‘I was the captain when we played them in the 1999 World Cup final. We had beaten them in the league stage but in the final they were a different team like yesterday in Ahmedabad.
Some people like former Pakistan wicketkeeper Rashid Latif believed that the Indian team was in no way inferior to the Australian team. Latif said, ‘Maybe it is just a psychological thing with Indian players. This team was worthy of winning the World Cup final but full credit goes to the Australian players for once again showing how mentally strong and organized they are in their game.
Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq believes that the Australian players understood the pitch better than the Indians and the toss proved important. He said, ‘The team batting first needed more than 300 runs to defend on this pitch.’ Misbah also praised Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli for leading by example throughout the tournament. He said, ‘I think the young players would have learned a lot from both of them in the dressing room and in this World Cup.’
Former players Basit Ali and Kamran Akmal believe that now is the time for India to focus on building the team for next year’s T20 World Cup. Former batsman Mohsin Khan said Pakistan should learn from how India and Australia adapted themselves to the demands of modern cricket, especially in the World Cup. He said, ‘Instead of looking at India’s defeat, we should appreciate the fact that they have already played two ICC finals this year, losing to Australia both times. They are doing something right.
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