Babar Azam
Babar Azam. Picture Credit: YouTube/Pakistan Cricket (Screengrab)

Last Update on: August 27th, 2023 at 04:33 pm

Pakistan skipper and No.1 ranked ODI batsman, Babar Azam, gave a heartfelt speech after winning the third ODI match against Afghanistan by 59 runs.

Babar Azam-led Men in Green whitewashed Afghanistan in the three-match ODI match series and became the number-one ranked ODI team in the world. The new achievement of Pakistan in the 50-over format will definitely motivate them ahead of the forthcoming Asia Cup 2023 and ODI World Cup in India.

In the third T20I match, Babar Azam played a 60-run knock off 86 balls which helped the Men in Green to give a target of 269 runs. In the second innings, the Pakistani bowling attack was successful in bowling out Afghanistan for 209 runs. Shadab Khan picked three wickets in his 10-over spell and gave away 42 runs.

After the match, the Pakistan Cricket Board posted a video on their official YouTube channel, where we can see that the Pakistan squad was cutting the cake after becoming the number one ODI team. Before cutting the cake, the Pakistan skipper gave an emotional speech and gave all the credit to his teammates for the success.

We are the number one team today because of our hard work: Babar Azam

The 28-year-old skipper applauded the whole team and said that whatever Team Pakistan have achieved it is because of them and the whole squad went through ups and downs together.

Babar Azam also said that everyone in the squad has a pure heart and the whole squad is happy for everyone’s performance.

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“We are the number one team today because of our hard work. Hard work, up and downs, emotions, we have seen it all in life but this team’s unity didn’t break. A lot has happened but we have come up because of our bonding. ‘Har bande ka dil saaf hai’ (Every guy’s heart is pure). No one is thinking like, ‘He did this, why didn’t I?’. Everyone is happy with everyone else’s performance and this should stay like this,” Babar said.

Watch the video: 

YouTube video

The Men in Green skipper also added that the squad believed in the team game.

“Our bowling will win us the match on some days, on others our batting will win it. We won’t say ‘This department is doing this, that department isn’t’. We’ll only talk like a team. There will be no ‘I’ but only ‘we’,” Azam added.

Babar Azam-led Pakistan will start their Asia Cup 2023 voyage against Nepal on Wednesday (August 30th) at Multan International Stadium. However, the high-voltage match between Rohit Sharma’s India and Pakistan will be played on Saturday (September 2nd) at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Sri Lanka.