Pakistan skipper Babar Azam reckons the conditions in UAE should benefit his team in the upcoming T20 World Cup. Babar and co. will be up against arch-rivals, India, in their first match of the tournament.
Ahead of the key clash, the 27-year-old Babar asserted that despite the noise and hype around the match against India, his team will be looking to keep things simple and focus on the game.
“Definitely, we have played a lot of cricket in the UAE. These conditions suit us and we know how to play here. We need to keep things simple in all the departments. Good performances give you confidence [on his form]. I am in form, hence it will benefit me,” Babar said in a captain’s press conference.
Similar to Babar Azam, Virat Kohli keen to keep things professional
Indian skipper Virat Kohli had a similar mindset as his Pakistani counterpart, insisting that he will approach the game as a normal match instead of focusing on the hype around the rivalry.
“I have always approached this game as just another game of cricket. I know there is a lot of hype created around this game more so with ticket sales and demands for tickets. Right now, the value of those tickets is ridiculously high. So that’s all I know, friends asking me for tickets left, right, and center. I refused.”
“Yes, the environment, you can say, is different. From the fans’ point of view, it is definitely louder. From the players’ point of view, we stay as professional as we can,” Kohli said.
Pakistan has never defeated India in World Cups and they will be keen to turn it around this time. The two sides will go head-to-head on October 24 in Dubai.