Pakistan cricket might have made a move forward after putting up a decent show at the recently concluded Cricket World Cup, but the players were left teary-eyed after their semi-final loss to arch rivals India.
Talking to the media during a felicitation function hosted by the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, the players expressed that the defeat to India was hard to comprehend as huge expectations were associated with the game.
"Most of the players wept in the dressing room after the match. No one could be more disappointed than us at that moment," said Pakistan speedster Wahab Riaz, who accounted for five Indian wickets during the match.
"We were all very upset because we were aware of the expectations of people back home," Riaz added.
Pakistan's opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez, said that as a team the feeling in the dressing room after the defeat could not be explained.
"We all know that cricket is a sport and the beauty of sport is that one team has to lose and the other ends up victors. But it goes without saying the defeat hit us all," the batsman said.
Hafeez, however, insisted that he wouldn't blame anyone for the defeat as they played as a unit throughout the tournament.
"Overall, we did well getting that far and if we lost, it was as a team and if we won it was as a team so we need to share everything as a team," he added.
Misbah-ul-Haq, who was criticised for not rotating the strike and adding up to the pressure of chasing, said after the Twenty20 World Cup final defeat to India in 2007 the Mohali was among one of his worst days in cricket.
"Nothing clicked for us in the batting and what disappointed everyone was that we had them under pressure for the best part of the match."
"They felt the pressure more than us while batting as was evident by the way even someone like Tendulkar batted and gave chances which we should have taken," he insisted.