Pakistan skipper Babar Azam is assured that his aspect will defeat arch-rivals India in its opening conflict of the T20 World Cup 2021 as it’s extra acquainted with the circumstances, having performed principally within the UAE for the previous three-four years. Pakistan will tackle India on the Dubai Worldwide Cricket Stadium on October 24. They head to the fixture on the again of an unbeaten report on the venue, having recorded six T20Is wins in UAE.
“We’ve been enjoying cricket in UAE for the previous 3-4 years and we all know the circumstances very well,” Azam was quoted as saying by the ICC. “We all know how the wicket will behave and the changes batters should make. On the day who performs the higher cricket, wins the match. When you ask me, we’ll win,” added the star batsman, who is ready to play his first T20 World Cup and can make his debut as captain.
The aspect made UAE its residence venue after worldwide groups confirmed reluctance to tour Pakistan citing safety issues after the 2009 terror assault on the Sri Lankan group. Pakistan have by no means gained a World Cup match throughout each ODIs and T20Is in opposition to India however Azam is unperturbed, saying that it’s a factor of the previous.
“We all know the strain and the excessive depth of every recreation, particularly the primary one. Hopefully, we are able to win the match and carry the momentum ahead. Your perception and confidence as a bunch matter rather a lot earlier than a match. As a group, our confidence and morale are actually excessive. We’re not pondering of the previous however the future. We’re making ready for that.
“I’m totally assured that we’re effectively ready and can play good cricket on the day,” he added.
Speaking about his aspect which is a mix of youth and expertise, Azam stated, “All of the gamers have entered the aspect after home efficiency. Now we have rather a lot to study from the senior gamers within the aspect as a result of they’ve a lot expertise, they’ve performed the World Cup and leagues earlier than.
“7-8 gamers in our squad have additionally performed the Champions Trophy earlier than which brings out completely different confidence.”
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) October 12, 2021
Pakistan can even have the providers of former Australian opener Matthew Hayden and the South Africa pacer Vernon Philander, who’ve been appointed the aspect’s batting and bowling consultants respectively for the match. “Hayden and Philander convey a variety of expertise. Our try might be to study from them as a lot as we are able to and shortly. The boys have the power to soak up shortly and blend with them.
“You possibly can see Philander has already began working arduous with the bowlers and you’ll see the previous report, bowlers win you the match. Hasan Ali was our greatest bowler within the Champions Trophy. He’ll take the bowling line-up alongside him,” stated Azam.
Pakistan will play their warm-up matches in opposition to West Indies on October 18 and South Africa on October 20 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi respectively.
(with PTI inputs)