Imran Khan attended the match © Getty Images
Imran Khan attended the match held in Kolkata © Getty Images

Kolkata: Pakistan’s legendary captain Imran Khan was critical of the current team’s tendency to wilt under pressure stating that Shahid Afridi’s boys need to learn about playing under pressure and no amount of pep talk can lift their game. Imran met the Pakistan players in the morning before the match against India and spoke to the players. The news doing rounds was that Umar Akmal requested Imran to ask skipper Shahid Afridi to change his batting order, which has not gone down well with the team management. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs Pakistan, ICC World T20 2016, Match 19 at Eden Gardens

“I spoke to Akmal before the match. The match is over so let’s move on,” Imran tried to put an end to the controversy while speaking to the reporters. “I always try and help the Pakistan team in the best way I can. They need to understand how to play under pressure. One part of game is in the mind and the other part is played on the ground. So you need to implement this while playing. You can’t win matches by (pep) talks. The team has to perform and that’s the only way you can win,” said the World Cup winning Pakistan captain. READ: India vs Pakistan, T20 World Cup 2016: Former players slam ‘tactically weak’ captaincy by Shahid Afridi

Pakistan’s former spin great Saqlain Mushtaq also questioned the team’s tactics for the big match. ”They couldn’t read the pitch. But for such a high profile match they should have played a proper spinner. It was not a pitch to field four fast bowlers. Pakistan management should have noted that New Zealand beat India by playing three spinners.”