[VIDEO] When Misbah-ul-Haq's cheeky reply stunned a reporter following Pakistan-Sri Lanka T20Is
Following a disappointing run in the 2019 World Cup, Pakistan's cricket team commenced a new cycle in international cricket under the new head coach in the form of Misbah-ul-Haq. In their first-ever assignment post the showpiece event, Pakistan hosted Sri Lanka in three ODIs and T20Is at home as cricket returned to the troubled country.
With a 2-0 win in the ODIs, things took a turn for the worse for the Men in Green as they were whitewashed in the three-match T20Is versus a second-string Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lanka on Wednesday (October 9). Following a shambolic performance in the shortest format, head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah, as well as skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, addressed the media in the post-match conference in Lahore.
Being the number one-ranked side, Pakistan fell like nine pins in the three T20Is. Hence, when the question was repeatedly asked on how the Men in Green fared so poorly after playing with sheer dominance in the past three years, Misbah's cheeky response stunned the reporter.
(Misbah's cheeky reply can be caught from 4:45-5:00 minutes).
Talking about the third and final T20I, at Gadaffi Stadium, Lahore, Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first. The Islanders weren't off to a good start and quickly reduced to 30 for three. However, debutant Oshada Fernando's composed 78-run knock (not out) propelled the visitors to a modest 147 for 7 in 20 overs. In reply, Pakistan were in the hunt at 94 for 2. But, the script changed following Haris Sohail's dismissal (52).
As a result, Pakistan failed to get over the line for the third time in a row and succumbed in a run-chase for as many times in the series. Despite being without some of their top players in the ranks, Sri Lanka's victory resulted in criticism from all corners for the hosts.
After the match, Misbah accepted that there is something wrong with Pakistan cricket's system and they need to change their playing style in T20Is. "The result of the series is also an eye-opener for our system as well. If we can lose to a side without its main players how did we think we were number one," concluded the former skipper.