The performance put forward by the Pakistan cricket team against Afghanistan was not the performance we expect from champions, and yet, somehow, they are still in the competition for a semi-final spot.
Looking at the history of our team, it has always been like this. One minute we are winning with a huge margin and the next minute we start to lose miserably.
Two years ago in the Champions Trophy, we lost against India and then we could have lost to Sri Lanka but went on to win it all.
Even in 1992, which is considered to be the best year of Pakistan cricket, they started badly but were able to turn it around. These similarities with 27 years ago are almost impossible to ignore at this point. Is history really repeating itself?
To really make it to the semi-finals, Pakistan cricket team needs some results to go their way, but most importantly, they have to beat Bangladesh. And give a better performance than they managed against Afghanistan.
But what a roller coaster ride it is to be a Pakistani cricket team supporter. In the end, it’s not about the manner of the victory, it’s a win that matters.
We should really thank Imad Wasim because of whom we are still in this World Cup.
Unfortunately, it has always been this way for Pakistan. We can’t seem to find the right collective consistency. But there is no doubting the individual pure talent in our country.
The Pakistan cricket team has players that can beat anyone in this tournament. Just ask England or New Zealand.
We appear to have found a perfect XI, at last. Fakhar Zaman has had a poor start but, it won’t be right to drop him now. He should be given every chance to redeem himself and we hope he does, knowing how much pressure is on them.
Look at other teams, and how well they are doing in this World Cup, and they are making very few changes in the team.
Finally, Pakistan has found their winning formula and by the time they face Bangladesh, they will know what the top-four equation looks like.