Karachi: Pakistan's ODI captain Shahid Afridi on Monday said it was a mistake to position himself in the lower-half of the batting order in the high-voltage game against India in the World Cup semi-final.

"I am not a born captain and I also make mistakes. I made mistakes in the World Cup particularly in the semi-final at Mohali. I should have gone up the order like Mahendra Singh Dhoni did against Sri Lanka in the final at Mumbai," Afridi said.

The flamboyant all-rounder said with Abdul Razzaq also available down the order, he should have taken a chance and promoted himself in the semifinal against India.

"The move by Dhoni in the final to come up himself worked and it could have also worked for us but we all make mistakes it was my mistake," he said.

He pointed out that India had one of the strongest and best batting line-ups in the world and when Pakistan bowled them out for 260, there was total silence at the innings break in the stadium.

"Once we held them down to 260, I knew we had a strong chance of winning the match. Unfortunatly, we didn`t bat well and the moment Umar Akmal got out, I had a bad feeling it was not going our way," he said.

"I am learning every day as captain because it is a big learning process." skipper added.

Afridi refused to comment on Indo-Pak relations but was reiterated that there were some elements in the Indian media who were negative about ties.

"About that I am convinced there are negative elements. And if both countries want to move forward this mindset has to change.” Afridi said.

(Agencies)