Former Pakistan women’s team skipper Sana Mir applauded Pakistan‘s men team for their consistency in the T20 World Cup.
On Tuesday, Pakistan outclassed Namibia by 45 runs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi to become the first team from Group 2 to qualify for the semi-fnals.
Skipper Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan’s 113-run for the opening stand set the big score of 189 for the T20 World Cup debutants Namibia to chase.
In reply, Pakistan bowlers restricted the African nation to 144/5 in the second innings to book their spot in the semi-final stage.
Consistency is not usually something you associate with Pakistan: Sana Mir
Mir said that Pakistan’s consistent performance was very unusual to see and the players are flourishing in every department in the showpiece event.
“What has impressed me most about Pakistan at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 has been their consistency. It is not usually something you associate with Pakistan,” Mir wrote in her column for ICC.
“We always hear about an unpredictable Pakistan but in this tournament they have maintained their intensity, the catching has been good, the running between the wickets as well and as a unit they are performing to the standards we expect them to,” she added.
Saqlain Mushtaq also deserves a lot of praise: Sana Mir
Pakistan have now won four out of four matches of the group stage, including the tough chase against New Zealand and Afghanistan.
Mir credited the players and interim head coach Saqlain Mushtaq for the massive transformation of the Pakistan team in the T20 World Cup.
“At international level, you make plans and you have to execute them. That is exactly what they are doing,” Mir said.
“A lot of the credit goes to the players who are working so hard and that is the platform that they have used to achieve what they are right now. But I think Saqlain Mushtaq also deserves a lot of praise for the work he is doing,” she added.
Pakistan play their final group stage match against Scotland on November 7 in Abu Dhabi.