England vs Pakistan: Michael Vaughan Slams "Pathetic" Pakistan After Loss To England In 1st ODI
A hastily-named England team on Thursday defeated Pakistan by nine wickets in the ODI series opener.
- Michael Vaughan terms Pakistan's performance against England "pathetic"
- England thrashed Pakistan by nine wickets in the opening ODI
- England had five debutants in their playing XI due to a Covid crisis
Former England captain Michael Vaughan slammed the Pakistan cricket team for their dismal outing against England in the first ODI of the three-match series. On Thursday, disciplined England bowlers performed exceptionally well to guide their team to a nine-wicket win over the tourists. What makes the result even more embarrassing for Pakistan is that England had five debutants in their playing XI, with the team having named in haste after the original squad was isolated following cases of COVID-19 among them. Following the emphatic win, Vaughan heaped praise on the England young guns, saying that the performance of the team that was only formed yesterday was very impressive.
Vaughan was also critical of Pakistan's abysmal outing. He even went on to call the Babar Azam-led side's performance "pathetic".
"For England to rock up only yesterday as a team and perform as they did tells us so much about the culture of the white ball team .. very very impressive .. for Pakistan they were PATHETIC... It is the only way to describe a performance like that," Vaughan wrote on Twitter.
For England to rock up only yesterday as a team & perform like they did tells us so much about the culture of the white ball team .. very very impressive .. for Pakistan they were PATHETIC .. Its the only way to describe a performance like that .. #ENGvPAK— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 8, 2021
Interestingly, just hours before the start of the ODI series opener between England and Pakistan, Vaughan was all praise for the visitors, saying that he loved watching them play cricket.
"Love watching Pakistan play Cricket ... A team that can beat any team in the world on any given day but also lose to any team on any given day ... #ENGvPAK," Vaughan had tweeted earlier.
Love watching Pakistan play Cricket ... A team that can beat any team in the world on any given day but also lose to any team on any given day ... #ENGvPAK— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 8, 2021
Fans of Pakistan cricket were not pleased with Vaughan's assessment of their national team's performance, and they showed their dissent in the comment section.
"Pakistan always makes a strong comeback after a humiliating defeat. Remember that," wrote a user.
Pakistan always make a srong comeback after humilating defeat. Remember that!— Muhammad Junaid ????????. (@Muhamma82044810) July 8, 2021
Another user asked Vaughan if he had forgotten "World Cup 2019 when we crushed you?"
ay wait for 2nd ODI when we kick ur @$$. Pakistan is always gr8 at comebacks. Did u forget Worldcup 2019 when we crushed u?— (@itzmeumer2005) July 8, 2021
"Pakistan to win the series 2-1 now," said another Pakistan supporter.
to win the series 2-1 now:)— poorvikaaa (@PoorvikaKumar) July 8, 2021
Another user said that had the ball spun "England would have crumbled against straight 'uns".
Thankfully the ball didn't spin otherwise England would have crumbled against straight 'uns— Satyam (@Nub_Kakashi) July 8, 2021
However, there were people who supported Vaughan's view as well.
While one user wrote "pathetic probably doesn't cover it", another felt that even an "#England 3rd XI should still win the #series easily!"
Pathetic probably doesnt cover it. How england can pick a side and thrash an international side of Pakistans caliber is one only the Pakistan team can answer.— Andrew Webb (@THENUNEATONFOX) July 8, 2021
Yeah they are a proper #shambles of a side! #England 3rd XI should still win the #series easily! Shows how far #whiteball #cricket has come on in England. So many #players can't get a look in because of the currents squads high #standards #ENGvPAK #onedayseries #odi— TheStatsMan (@the_stats) July 9, 2021
The second ODI match between England and Pakistan will take place on Saturday at Lord's.