In 2015 at the Dubai International Stadium, Joe Root had an altercation with Wahab Riaz during a Test match, after he apparently felt the fast bowler had scuffed the ball by kicking it. Most of the scoring in wins (as it can be seen from the first pie chart) stems via the top three with Hafeez and Sarfaraz only contributing 18% to the engine room score.
Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and England skipper Eoin Morgan were both spoken to during their game at Trent Bridge on Monday as on-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Sundaram Ravi felt that both teams were looking to bounce the ball more than required when throwing in from the outfield to scruff one side up and prepare the ball for reverse swing.
The win against England not only opened the tournament, but, it also helped Pakistan to leapfrog to sixth in the league rankings.
On the very next delivery, Mohammed Hafeez fielded the ball and, to avoid any censure - or even the risk of a five-run penalty - ran the ball approximately 50 yards to return it, rather than risk a throw.
"We know this team is very capable we just needed to start converting some matches into wins".
The bowling unit, too, did not disappoint, and while England did nearly sneak back into the game during the middle overs, it was the rejuvenated efforts of Wahab and Amir that led Pakistan back into the match.
"There was nothing untoward, just a little bit of gamesmanship".
Meanwhile, Shoaib Malik, 37, is playing his last World Cup.
But after they were both caught out in successive balls, Mark Wood and Adil Rashid were left stranded at the crease as the target slipped beyond their reach. The World Cup is a different game, you have a lot of pressure. "That moment turned us as everyone was confident", he mentioned.
The writer is hopeless romantic on all things Pakistan Cricket.
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