Loss to Australia was sheer bad luck: Afridi

Pakistan Cricket Captain Shahid Afridi feels Pakistan's loss to Australia in the semi-final of the Twenty-20 World Cup was sheer bad luck.

updated: May 19, 2010 09:10 IST
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The semifinal loss to Australia in the Twenty20 World Cup continues to hurt and baffle Pakistan
captain Shahid Afridi, who feels his team played its best cricket in the match but just didn't have the luck.

Defending champions Pakistan seemingly had the match in their pocket after posting 191 runs on the board but Michael Hussey's 24-ball 60 turned the game on its head and Australia emerged winners with a ball to spare despite being on the back-foot for most part of the proceedings.

Back in Pakistan now, Afridi said the entire team was still disappointed at losing the semifinal.

"I have still not got over it because we played our best cricket of the tournament in the semifinal and we had it in our grip until the final two overs," he said.

Afridi said he would not have felt so disappointed or sad even if the team had reached the final and lost it.

"But losing the semifinal was a huge disappointment for me."

Afridi said he was happy with the performance of the team and also the way the players responded to his captaincy.

"Throughout the tournament I made it a point to keep on consulting the coach and players and I say whoever is captain the team must continue to play with unity," he said.

Afridi also defended his decision to give the final over in the semifinal to off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, insisting he remained a match-winner despite the thrashing he got.

"Saeed had won us the match against South Africa in the final over but he unfortunately had a bad day. I made some wrong decisions in the round-robin match against Australia but it was sheer bad luck that we lost in the semifinal," he said.

Senior all-rounder Abdul Razzaq said he enjoyed playing in the World Cup despite the disappointing loss to Australia.

"It was good because the players backed each other and there was unity in the team. We deserved to win the semi final but it was just bad luck we lost out in the end," he said.

Saeed Ajmal said the final over in the semifinal still haunted him.

"I don't know what happened because when I was confident I would not let them score 18 runs in the over but it was just my bad day and Hussey's day. He played the innings of his life," he said.

Opener Salman Butt, who is being tipped to take over as Test captain from Afridi for the England tour, said he had not given any thought to the prospect as yet.

"I was given a chance in all the matches of the World Cup and I am happy I responded well to the challenge," he stated.