Pakistan totally ready for World Cup opener against India


LAHORE: While underlining that Pakistan’s record against India in World Cups is an account of the past, commander Babar Azam on Wednesday said his players were good to go to create their best show in their ICC T20 World Cup opener against the chief adversaries to take a triumphant beginning that would put them doing great to secure the pined for title.

“I’m glad and pleased with driving Pakistan at the uber occasion. We know its strain and our first match [against India]is an exceptionally concentrated game; we will attempt to win that one and afterward keep up the force in the excess matches to dominate the World Cup,” Babar said while tending to a virtual question and answer session here on Wednesday, the rest day in the public instructional course at the Gaddafi Stadium.

Standing firm on the second foothold in the ICC T20 rankings for players, best position in ODI batting rankings and seventh in Tests, the 26-year-old Babar will be driving the public group interestingly at the T20 World Cup being held in the UAE and Oman from Oct 17 to Nov 14.

In their blockbuster match at the uber occasion, Pakistan take on main adversaries India on Oct 24 in Dubai.

Addressing an inquiry, Babar who will praise his 27th birthday celebration on Oct 15 the day when the public crew leaves for the UAE, didn’t show worries about Pakistan’s winless record against India in T20 World Cups in which the greenshirts have lost multiple times against their conventional opponents, including the last of the debut 2007 T20 World Cup in Johannesburg.

“Indeed our record against India in World Cups isn’t acceptable however past will be past, we have failed to remember it and are zeroing in on the thing is coming ahead and for this we are good to go. I have certainty that our players and bowlers will give their best on the given day,” the right-gave Babar commented.

When inquired as to whether Pakistan had arranged a particular arrangement against India, Babar said: “It is a round of outlook and exceptional center [in the match]against India is on the best way to deal with strain in a superior manner as the rest is about cricket.”

Reacting to the overall assessment held by various pundits who were not able to rate the current Pakistan side profoundly for winning the World Cup, Babar sounded sure.

“Everybody has their own perspective yet as skipper I have full certainty and conviction that we will put forth a valiant effort. The main factor for us is to be centered around playing great cricket and plan on match-to-coordinate with premise to dominate each match,” Babar, who has scored 2,204 runs in 61 T20 Internationals at an exceptionally amazing normal of 46.89, underlined.

Babar, who has overwhelmed his moderately more experienced contender Indian skipper Virat Kohli in the ICC rankings of T20 and ODIs, made his worldwide introduction in 2015 while the Indian commander went to the global field back in 2008.

Inquired as to whether he was happy with the choice of the group that contained various seniors on his interest like Sarfaraz Ahmad, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez, Babar said their consideration would help Pakistan.

“Each and every individual who is in the group has [good]exhibitions in the homegrown [T20] competition. The presence of senior players in the changing area will help Pakistan. They have a ton of involvement and we need to gain from their experience. We have seven to eight of those players in the group who were in the [2017] ICC Champions Trophy-winning side,” Babar said.

Reacting to the thought that the Pakistan batting line-up was spinning just around Babar and Mohammad Rizwan and in such manner what he anticipated from veterans Hafeez and Malik, Babar was energetic with regards to the senior geniuses standing tall when it truly made a difference.

“We will attempt to come up to the assumptions for the country; the manner in which we are getting public reaction through media it encourages each player to feel and assume up the liability for which they [batters]need to zero in and need to remain on the wicket to give 100%.

“Both Malik and Hafeez are acceptable experienced players and on their day they are match-champs and I accept each player of our crew is a match victor and we have great certainty.

He added, “Our batting line-up is very impressive as seven to eight hitters can possibly play huge innings.”

It could be referenced here that aside from Babar (positioned second in T20 rankings) and Rizwan (seventh) no Pakistan players — hitter, bowler and all-rounder — are remembered for the main ten of the current ICC T20 player rankings.

“With experienced bowlers like Shaheen Shah Afridi (positioned 23rd), Hasan Ali (66th) and Haris Rauf (51st) in the crew, we have a decent speed assault while Imad Wasim (42nd) as a turning all-rounder is likewise compelling and we are very fit for bowling out India.”

Shadab Khan, another spinner and bad habit skipper, holds a poor 44th spot while slow left-arm standard spinner Mohammad Nawaz is at 69th spot.

Babar figured that the consideration of previous South Africa Test cricketer Vernon Philander as the Pakistan group’s bowling specialist assisted the bowlers with gaining from his experience.

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