Former Pakistan cricketers on Thursday expressed happiness over the unexpected ouster of India from the World Cup after losing to New Zealand in the semifinal. Former Pakistan captain and fast bowler Waqar Younis was quick to express his joy by posting in his twitter account, saying India had got what they deserved, an apparent reference to suspicions that India didn't perform intentionally well against England to keep Pakistan out of the last four stage.
'Such a brutal game this Cricket and a great leveler...Bites you back when you are expecting the least. I learned a great lesson never abuse the game,' Waqar tweeted. After India's loss to England in the league phase, Pakistani fans and some former players alleged that they had done it deliberately to ensure Pakistan didn't qualify for the semi-finals. Former Test players like Sikander Bakht, Basit Ali and some others openly accused India of intentionally not giving their best against England. 'Whatever anyone says, I had said before India would intentionally play badly against England and some other teams.
It is poetic justice that India today has lost a match they should have won easily,' Basit said. Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif, however, said that India lost because they were too relaxed against New Zealand and didn't show the intensity that is required in a knockout match.