Ahmedabad: Australian captain Ricky Ponting insists that the four-wicket loss to Pakistan in their final Group A game, which ended their 34-game unbeaten World Cup run, would not hurt their campaign.
The defending champions’ defeat in Colombo was their first since their 10-run loss to Pakistan on May 23, 1999 in Leeds.
“On Saturday night we lost our first World Cup match since sometime back in 1999. I am the only person in the squad who was there for that last loss. Dropping a game didn’t trip us up in that campaign and hopefully it won’t this time either,” Ponting wrote in an article for the Australian.
“We’ve been on a remarkable winning streak since then and I suppose it had to come to an end some time. To be honest with you, I don’t think we had even spoken about the winning streak. Most of the guys here wouldn’t be aware that we had played 34 matches without a loss. You never want to lose, but in a bizarre way I don’t think a loss at this stage will hurt us at all,” he added.
The Australians will now face India in the quarterfinal clash in Ahmedabad after the co-hosts clinched second spot in Group B with a win over West Indies. They have won nine out of 15 games played against India in India in the last five years.