Before the monumental India vs Pakistan match in the Asia Cup, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam had some encouraging words with his teammates, where he reminded the side of their historic victory against the Men in Blue last year during the T20 World Cup.
Azam told his teammates to reminisce about that T20 World Cup fixture and replicate how the team had geared up for it. He also urged his fast bowlers to fill the void created by the absence of their top pacer Shaheen Afridi, who has been sidelined from the tournament because of a knee injury.
Azam said, "Iss body language se khelna hai jaise humlog khelte aa rahe hai, jaise humlogo ne World Cup mai khela tha. Uss game ko yaad karo, peeche jaake yaad karo. Yaad karoge toh saare cheeje yaad aa jayega, woh preparation yaad aa jayega.”
“Achi preparation wahi hogi jo aap idhar karte ho wohi udhr jaake apply hogi. Toh result zarur ayegi. Believe rakho. I know humhara main fast bowler nahi hai, but uska kami mehsus mat hone dena, fast bowlers especially. Wish you all the best!" he continued.
During a media interaction, Babar Azam was asked if there was any pressure on the Pakistan team given as they will face India in three matches in the upcoming Asia Cup 2022 and the P akistan skipper gave a positive reply.
"Look, what we try is to play it like a normal match only. Yes, obviously the pressure is different. But like we did in (T20) World Cup 2021 that is to focus on our game and believe in the team and ourselves . This time too we are going to give our best. Effort is in our hands but result is not," Babar said.