Babar hopeful of doing well against India in T20 World Cup

14 October, 2021

 Babar hopeful of doing well against India in T20 World Cup

LAHORE - Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam has said that he is hopeful of doing well against arch-rivals India in the T20 World Cup opening match to be played on October 24. 

Talking to journalists during a virtual presser on Wednesday, Babar, who is one of the top batsmen of the world, said: “Our morale is high and we want to make a positive start in the world’s mega T20 event by winning the opening match against India on October 24 in the UAE.”

The Pakistan skipper said that gaining momentum at the start of the international tournament will boost the team’s morale. “We are preparing well during the team camp at the National High Performance Centre and the players are in good shape and training hard under the supervision of national coaching staff. We are keen to start well against India, which will definitely boost the team’s morale ahead of important World Cup matches.”

He dispelled the impression that Pakistan team will be under added pressure while facing India. “It will be an important game of the mega event for us and playing any match under extra pressure is never a wise thought. We will take our rivals, all in the World Cup, with undying spirit and collective team efforts to achieve our set goals in the event in a gradual manner,” he said. 

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To a query, the middle order batsman said: “No team can be taken light or as an easy opponent in the competition like World Cup and extraordinary efforts and hard work are needed to outplay any given opponent and to keep the winning ways intact.”

About the playing order for the game, Babar said: “The batting order depends upon match-to-match, so it can be changed accordingly. But according to our plan, I will open the innings with wicketkeeper-batsman Muhammad Rizwan but there can be a change as per the conditions.” 

The Pakistan captain also expressed the importance of having experienced players like Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez in the Pakistani squad, saying, “Although we have mixture of young and experienced players in the national squad but both Malik and Hafeez are match-winning players and their experience can help us on the field as well.” 

Earlier, South African cricket coach Lance Klusener, during a virtual presser, said that the Pakistani team has the ability to upset arch-rival India in the T20 World Cup clash to be held in Dubai on October 24. 

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