Pak determined to make a comeback: Wahab

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LONDON
The Pakistan cricket team is under pressure but the players are still determined to make a comeback and to regain their morale. The team has been discussing their mistakes in the dressing room, speaking about how to overcome it and how to do well in games to come. According to fast bowler Wahab Riaz, the players are gelled and eager to do well. Each member of the team is motivating other members, we are each other’s strength, Wahab said when asked how difficult it is to stay focused when players are being criticized by everyone. Everyone is saying things to us and at this time only team members can motivate each other, even more than family members. We are discussing our mistakes with each other and trying to compensate for our mistakes, he added. Wahab added that personal attacks on players following defeat against India are demoralizing but added that sometimes this pressure makes you go for the kill. Our people are too emotional about the game against India. We are more disappointed than anyone else. The personal attacks are demoralizing. One can always criticize us for our performance, but it is not acceptable to attack families. We wanted to do well, but we couldn’t do but I hope you will see the difference in games to come he added. The 33-year-old added, we are aiming for a win, sometimes pressure motivates you. We will do good and InshaAllah and qualify for the semi-final. Analyzing the team’s performance in World cup so far, Wahab said that the team hasn’t been able to perform according to its potential. We didn’t play good enough, not as much as good we are, Wahab said. Everyone is making efforts, we couldn’t bowl the way we should have been. We couldn’t take wickets in the start of innings. It is important to strike in England with balls, it is important to take early wicket to put pressure on the opponent and that’s something which we couldn’t do earlier, but we will do best in games to come, he said.— VoM Nature Valley Classic Barty needs single win for world No 1 spot BIRMINGHAM Ashleigh Barty is one win from becoming world number one after beating Barbora Strycova to reach the final of the Nature Valley Classic here. Barty won the 2018 US Open doubles with Coco Vandeweghe. The French Open champion will replace Naomi Osaka at the top of the rankings if she wins the title on today. Barty, who won her maiden singles Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, beat the Czech world number 51 6-4 6-4. The 23-year-old Australian will face Germany’s Julia Gorges – her doubles partner – in the final. It’s nice to be in another final. It’s been a hell of a year so far, said Barty. Whatever happens. We’re having a really good time at the moment and hopefully, we can go one more tomorrow. — VoM

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