DUBAI: Pakistan might have won the match against India but skipper Babar Azam feels the win doesn’t make the ongoing T20 World Cup journey easier for his side.
Mohammad Rizwan and Babar put on a remarkable show on Sunday as Pakistan thrashed India by 10 wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. “It won’t get easier just because we beat India. We will take the confidence, but we’re taking it one match at a time, and there’s a long way to go in the tournament. We prepared well, and just kept the history out of our mind,” Babar told host broadcaster Star Sports after the match.
“We needed quality practice, and warm-up matches, and even our domestic tournament and those games gave us a lot of confidence,” he added.
Rizwan (79*) and Babar (68*) didn’t give any chance to India bowlers to come on top as the two batsmen dominated the proceedings. Pakistan chased down the target of 152 without losing a wicket as India looked clueless in their opening match.
“This was the team’s effort, and the early wickets were very helpful. It gave us a lot of confidence and our spinners were very good as well. We applied our plans and got the results,” said Babar.
“We, the openers, kept it simple and built a partnership and because the wicket was getting better so we just wanted to keep batting till the end, which we did,” he added.
Before this game, Pakistan had failed to beat India in the history of the men’s World Cup but the Babar-led side came out with flying colours on Sunday on the back of some sensational performance after Shaheen Shah Afridi’s show with the ball.
Just a day before the high-octane clash against India in the Super 12 stage of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam said that batting is the main strength of his team and he is hopeful about the team’s good performance.
The most anticipated encounter of the Super 12 stage will be played on Sunday between arch-rivals India and Pakistan. It will be after two years that these two teams will battle it out on the cricket field, after having last played in the ICC Men’s 50-over World Cup in 2019.
“I think this time our main strength is batting. The way our batters have been performing over the last couple of months, I am very hopeful that we will produce some good results due to our batting and also do better in the field,” said Babar in a press conference, as reported by the ICC.
“We have forgotten what we have done in the past and we are trying to focus on the future. We will try to do better on the field in this match and we will try to produce better results,” replied Babar on being asked about Pakistan’s previous performances against India.
The Pakistan skipper also said that his team is really excited about playing all their matches and especially their first clash which is against India, as it is very ‘crucial’.
“We are very excited to play the World Cup, very excited for this event. The mood in the camp is very confident, we are all very excited. Everybody is excited, and as you know, that the first game is always very crucial, and we will try to produce some good performances in the first game and try to carry forward those performances. We are very confident about the event and the matches coming up,” he added. (ANI)