Fans welcomed them with garlands when the Pakistan team returned from a successful tour of India. Their reception from South Africa will surely not be anything remotely similar. In fact, defeat against the Proteas has left supporters and former players fuming at Misbah-ul-Haq and his men.
Pakistan's shoddy performance in the first two of three Tests has drawn the ire of fans and experts back home with former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq saying the desired aggression was missing. "Pakistan must show more aggression in its approach. What I saw was that a batsman scores 50 in 150 balls, that gives bowlers more domination. Once a batsman is set he should attack and score freely."
The visitors in Cape Town lost the second Test and conceded the series on Sunday with yet another batting collapse. This after the team had crashed to its lowest Test total of 49, in the opening match. "We really blame ourselves. We made mistakes and we couldn't afford to do that. My wicket was the turning point. After that, the collapse started," said skipper Misbah after the defeat. Accepting the blame for the 4-wicket loss will clearly not suffice for the fans who earlier last month celebrated the ODI success of the team against arch-rivals India.