Sad We Missed The Opportunity To Beat India: Gulbadin Naib

Sad We Missed The Opportunity To Beat India: Gulbadin Naib

Southampton: Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib was left disappointed after his team lost the chance of beating India, one of the favourites for the ongoing World Cup in their group stage match at the Ageas Bowl.

On Saturday, Afghanistan did all the hard work in restricting India to a below-par total of 224/8. However, it was their batting which couldn’t match the performance of their bowlers as they lost the thrilling encounter by 11 runs, thus registering their sixth straight loss in the ongoing tournament.

“We are sad because we have a chance to beat this kind of team. In the World Cup, it’s a big achievement for any team. But the big teams, they don’t give you a single chance. Today we missed an opportunity to win, to beat India, one of the best sides,” Naib said at the post-match presser.

The Afghan skipper was full of praise for Mohammad Nabi, who performed with both ball and bat and kept his team in the hunt during the entire course of 100 overs.

Nabi picked two wickets and was his side’s highest scorer with 52 runs before falling in the last over of the day as Mohammed Shami claimed a hat-trick to win the match for the Men in Blue.

“Today Nabi showed the skills, how he’s one of the best players of Afghanistan and also in the world,” Naib said. IANS

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