Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur conceded his team were woeful in Sunday’s Champions Trophy defeat against India but said it was an “insult” to suggest that the squad had regressed under him.
In the end, one of the most eagerly awaited matches of the tournament proved a damp squib as India utterly dominated every aspect of a stop-start, rain-interrupted 124-run victory.
“That’s a total insult to say we’re playing ev en worse,” said the 49-year-old South African, who took on the role a little more than a year ago, after his team succumbed meekly at a packed Edgbaston ground.
“If you have a look at our records over the last year we’ve won two series. We’ve got ourselves from nine to number eight (in the ODI rankings) and our brand of cricket has changed.”
Pakistan won the toss but nothing else went right for them as they dropped catches, persisted with bowlers who bled runs and folded inside 34 overs with the bat.
“We had a poor game,” the former South Africa and Australia coach added. “But we’re obviously trying our best and we’re trying to change it.