Babar lauds team, but urges not to get overexcited after win against India

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Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam lauded his side on Sunday after a historic win against India in the ICC T20 World Cup match but requested them not to be overexcited and complacent in the tournament.

Pakistan chased down 152 with 13 balls to spare without losing any wicket to register their first-ever win against the arch-rivals in ICC World Cup events.

Babar and Mohammad Rizwan scored half-centuries after Shaheen Shah Afridi wrecked the Indian batting order with his fiery bowling spell.

Babar addressed the team in the dressing room after the epic win and credited everyone for the victory.

“This is not anyone’s individual’s performance; we have won this as a team,” Babar said while lauding his teammates.

“We must keep our team spirit intact, we need to move as a team in the tournament, and this is just the start,” the Pakistani captain said.

Babar added that it is was alright to celebrate the win and enjoy the moment but told the team not to get over-excited and stay focused on the collective goal.

“Enjoy the win but don’t get over-excited, we have a long tournament, and we need to remain focused on our goal — to win the world cup,” Babar said.

“We can’t be relaxed and complacent at any time, and everyone needs to give 100%. We will enjoy today, and that’s it. I request you again that don’t fall prey to overexcitement, as the next game is as important, and we must not be relaxed for that game,” the Pakistani captain.

Pakistan will play their next match of the tournament on Tuesday against New Zealand.

Pakistan vs India: Shane Warne says Pakistan favourites to win T20 World Cup

Australian legend Shane Warne Sunday termed Pakistan favourites to win the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, after the Men in Green demolished India last night to open the tournament on a high note. 

Pakistan dealt repeated blows to India, restricting Kohli XI to 151 runs from the allotted 20 overs. When it came for Pakistan to bat, skipper Babar Azam and Rizwan’s flawless partnership resulted in an unprecedented 10-wicket victory for Pakistan. 

Shane Warne was among the millions in awe of Pakistan’s performance yesterday. In a tweet, the former spin wizard heaped praises on skipper Babar Azam. 

“What a statement Pakistan just made in the #ICCT20WorldCup2021. Now favourites in my opinion after that emphatic win over India. Just a super all round & impressive performance,” he tweeted. 

Warne said yesterday’s inning by the Pakistani skipper was proof he was growing as one of the best batsmen around the world. 

“Babar Azam continues to enhance his reputation as one of the best batters in the world in all forms,” he added. 

It was always the plan: Shaheen Afridi on early wickets against India

Speaking after the match, Pakistani fast bowler Shaheen Afridi, who notched the Player of the Match award, said taking early wickets was always part of the plan. 

Shaheen Shah Afridi shone in Pakistan’s T20 World Cup match against arch-rivals India where he claimed two early wickets to set the stage for a brilliant performance by the Men in Green.

Not only that, Afridi, in a first for a T20 World Cup encounter between the two sides, sent Indian skipper Virat Kohli packing for 57 runs.

Afridi delivered a slow bouncer and Kohli was too early on his attempted pull, which sent the ball into the capable hands of keeper Muhammad Rizwan.

The wicket marked Rizwan’s 101st catch in the short format of the game.

In his post-innings conversation, Afridi had said that “it (taking early wickets) was always the plan”.

“I practised very hard at the nets,” he added.

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