The skipper of the Pakistan National Cricket Team Babar Azam has claimed that they will defeat arch-rivals India in the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 encounter. Notably, the India-Pakistan battle will take place on 24th October at the Dubai International Stadium.
India has been dominant in the World Cups against Pakistan whether it is T20 World Cup or ODI World Cup, India have always managed to clinch the victory over the arch-rivals. Meanwhile, in the upcoming World Cup battle, Virat Kohli and co. will have a big responsibility to continue India’s dominant run. On the other hand, Babar Azam and co. will be hoping to end the losing streak.
During an interview with the International Cricket Council (ICC) website, Babar Azam said they have the perfect knowledge about UAE surface after playing cricket for the past few years which will be very beneficial for the team. He stated:
“We’ve been playing cricket in UAE for the past 3-4 years and we know the conditions really well. We know how the wicket will behave and the adjustments batters will have to make. On the day who plays the better cricket, wins the match. If you ask me, we will win.”
Babar Azam further added that team’s confidence is at an all-time high and they are only looking forward to the match. Pakistan Skipper stated:
“Your belief and confidence as a group matter a lot before a tournament. As a team, our confidence and morale are really high. We are not thinking of the past but the future. We are preparing for that. I am fully confident that we are well prepared and will play good cricket on the day.”
Babar also highlighted that players will be entering the tournament with good form after the good performance in domestic cricket. He elaborated:
“All the players have entered the side after a good domestic performance. We have a lot to learn from the senior players in the side because they have so much experience, they have played the World Cup and leagues before. 7-8 players in our squad have also played the Champions Trophy before which brings out different confidence,”
Hayden And Philander Bring A Lot Of Experience – Babar Azam
The Pakistan skipper feels that coaches Mattew Hayden and Vernon Philander brings a lot of experience with them which will be very useful for the team. Babar Azam asserted:
“Hayden and Philander bring a lot of experience. Our attempt will be to learn from them as much as we can and quickly. The boys have the ability to absorb quickly and mix with them.
“You can see Philander has already started working hard with the bowlers and you can see the past record, bowlers win you the tournament. Hasan Ali was our best bowler in the Champions Trophy. He will take the bowling line-up alongside him.”