Real game will start with World Cup quarterfinals: Waqar Younis

March 15th, 2011 - 4:49 pm ICT by ANI  

Pallekele (Sri Lanka), Mar 15(ANI): Pakistan, who secured their place in the last-eight stage of the 2011 World Cup by beating Zimbabwe on Monday, will have to raise their game as the real battle will start now, coach Waqar Younis has said.

“It’s pleasing that know that we have reached the knockout stage of the World Cup but I must say that the real games will start with the quarterfinals. We were always expected to reach the quarters with the sort of team we have and the boys will have to start playing even better,” The News quoted Waqar, as saying.

Pakistan will play their last Pool A game against Australia in Colombo on March 19, a match Waqar described as a perfect opportunity for Pakistan to boost their confidence and morale ahead of the last-eight round.

“It will be a very important game because if we beat the world champions, it will give our confidence a big boost and give us the momentum we need going into the quarterfinals,” he said.

Waqar was all praise for World Cup debutant Asad Shafiq, who scored an unbeaten, match-winning 78 off 97 balls against Zimbabwe to help his team register a seven-wicket win.

“We batted sensibly today. Asad made a big difference. He is a very compact player and I believe in the future he can be a very good cricketer for Pakistan and further strengthen our middle-order which already has Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq,” the coach said.

Zimbabwean coach Alan Butcher also hailed Asad for his ‘tidy’ knock.
“He (Asad) played a very sensible knock under the circumstances. He looked like a very tidy player.” (ANI)

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