KARACHI - Pakistan's World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan took to a social networking site to console the crestfallen Pakistanis after Sunday's defeat to India in Adelaide. Imran, who admitted he had watched a cricket match properly for the first time in years, said that Pakistanis shouldn't get depressed over the defeat.

"Pakistanis shouldn't get depressed over today's loss to India. If performance is accurately analysed, the defeat can be a blessing in disguise," he wrote on Twitter. Imran further said on the site: "I saw some good talent on display today but there is a need for a better strategy.”

The cricketer-turned-politician also expressed confidence in the bowling attack which failed to prevent India from putting up a big total (300/7) in Adelaide. "(M) Irfan, Wahab (Riaz), Yasir (Shah) and Sohail (Khan) can defend if batsmen give a decent target. But Younus (Khan) is a must for future matches," Imran wrote.

Meanwhile, legendary left arm spinner Iqbal Qasim said Tuesday leg-spinners duo of Shahid Afridi and Yasir Shah can play crucial role in their important upcoming match against West Indies at Christchurch on February 21. "Cricketers from the Caribbean Islands had always shown their traditional vulnerability against quality legspinners," he told APP in an interview. "Afridi and Yasir Shah can capitalize that weakness if they bowled smartly," he added.

"Remember Afridi bulldozed the West Indies batting in 2011 World Cup quarterfinals in Dhaka with four wickets haul," he recalled. He said Yasir looked under pressure and excited and wasn't able to show good performance. He hoped that Yasir will flight the ball and come up some wicket-taking googlies and so will Afridi.

However at the same time, Qasim warned Pakistan team to beware of West Indies flamboyant style because like Pakistan they are highly unpredictable and a dangerous team. He said there are several players who were part of the West Indies team in 2011 World Cup and they can turn the table. Pakistan will be entering the match with sore memories of their stunning defeat at Dhaka in 2014 ICC World T20 when they were bowled out for 86 last year. He said after losing their opening ties, both teams will be battling to bounce back in the event.

He said West Indies have dangerous batsmen like Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmon, Bravo, Darren Sammy and Andre Russel could pose threat to Pakistan bowling.

"If our batsman showed form and spinners struck to the task they can beat West Indies," he said. Former chief selector Qasim said Pakistan batting is big worry for the coaching staff but they had the firepower to comeback.