Mumbai: Fans in Pakistan expressed their anger breaking television sets on Saturday after Mahendra Singh Dhoni thrashed their arch-rivals in a thrilling five-wicket win in the Asia Cup at the Shere Bangla National stadium on Saturday.
However, according to the Pak team manager Intikhab Alam, the loss against India was just like the defeat against "any other" team.
Obviously the members of the Pakistani team are disappointed but it was just part of the game. We don't consider this defeat against India as serious as people believe," he said.
The toss was vital in the match. There was grass and moisture on the wicket and our bowlers could also have exploited the wicket had we bowled first," he added.
Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi though had said at the toss they would have chosen to bat first. "That was his opinion," Alam said.
We can still play better and qualify for the Asia Cup final. We have not lost hope. Amir (Mohammad Amir) played exceptionally well. He is a talented bowler and is improving day by day. His bowling was appreciated by all team members including the captain. He has been getting full support from the entire team," Alam further added.
Thank you, Kohli
Back home in Pakistan, Amir's family members became emotional when their 24-year-old pacer was hailed high by Team India's Virat Kohli.
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Not only Amir but India's Kohli has won our hearts when he spoke about my brother after the match on Saturday," Amir's brother Ijaj said.
We all watched the match and the presentation ceremony on TV at our Gujjar Khan and when a world class batsman like Kohli congratulated my brother for his outstanding bowling was amazing," he added.
"Dhoni and Rahul Dravid have also praised my brother in the rent past," he further added.
I would like to congratulate Mohammad Amir for the way he bowled. I actually congratulated him while he was bowling. It was amazing to play such a spell and I was lucky to survive his bowling. Hats off to his bowling and I wish him more success," Kohli had said after the match.
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However, Amir didn't win the Man of the Match award as it would have really embarrassing for TV commentator Ramiz Raza, who has been Amir's critic ever since the young speedster’s comeback to international cricket after serving his five year ban for spot-fixing.