Pakistan captain Babar Azam was assured about his aspect’s probabilities heading into the blockbuster opening conflict of the T20 World Cup 2021 towards India on October 24. India have by no means misplaced to Pakistan in terms of World Cup occasions – each T20 and 50-over – and Virat Kohli will look to take care of that file on this yr’s competitors as properly.
Nonetheless, Babar believes that familiarity of conditions in UAE – the place Pakistan have performed worldwide cricket in addition to Pakistan Tremendous League (PSL) – will give them the sting over India. “We’ve performed quite a lot of cricket in UAE and we’re very accustomed to the situations there. The plan is to maintain issues quite simple in all three departments towards India as situations will all the time go well with us extra towards India,” Babar Azam stated at a digital press convention forward of the T20 World Cup 2021 on Saturday (October 16).
Babar together with Indian skipper Virat Kohli are most likely the 2 greatest T20 batters on the earth for the time being. Nonetheless, when requested to choose his favorite batsman to achieve the T20 World Cup, the Pakistan skipper, “I feel Kane Williamson will probably be some of the profitable batsmen within the match.”
Pakistan made just a few modifications to their closing 15 for the T20 World Cup late final month, bringing in skilled all-rounder Shoaib Malik again within the squad together with Haider Ali and Fakhar Zaman.
“Malik is without doubt one of the most fittest guys within the aspect and has obtained big expertise in T20 cricket. We’ll should see the place he’ll match within the scheme of issues when the match begins,” Babar stated.
— Shoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik) October 15, 2021
On changing big-hitters like Azam Khan within the center order, Babar stated, “We had a few worldwide clashes towards New Zealand and England lined-up however each obtained cancelled. Then we organized a home T20 match the place guys like Malik, Haider Ali and Fakhar Zaman carried out properly and that’s why they’re again within the aspect.”
Babar Azam, who turned 27 on Friday (October 15), has an outstanding file in T20 cricket – 2204 runs in 61 matches at a median of 46.89 with 1 hundred and 20 fifties. He will probably be anticipated to open the batting with wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan, who averages 48.4 in T20Is with 1 hundred and eight fifties.
“Rizwan has been wonderful and enjoying properly for the final two years. I get pleasure from batting with him on the high of the order and I hope we will bat for lengthy intervals of time collectively within the T20 World Cup as properly,” Babar stated.