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Babar vows to perform well against Australia in semis


LAHORE – Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam has vowed that his unbeaten side will maintain the momentum and perform well against Australia in the first semifinal of the T20 World Cup to be played in Dubai tomorrow (Thursday).

Talking to the sports journalists during a virtual press conference here on Tuesday, Babar said that Pakistan are carrying all the highs into the semifinals. “We are the only unbeaten team in the competition so far. The team have played some fabulous cricket and looked formidable in all departments of the game. We will carry that momentum going into the semi-finals. No matter against whom we are playing, our efforts would be to take the same vein and continue to give our best in all departments. So what we want is to play the best brand of cricket as we have shown in all the five matches so far.”

The skipper said that minor flaws have been pointed out in all the matches, which relate to both bat and ball. He said sometimes, fielding lapses have also come under the limelight. “It is good that we are trying to fix these issues,” he maintained. Shedding light on the additional stress of a bio-secure bubble, Babar said that life in a bio-secure bubble is difficult because of COVID-19. “Sometimes this environment builds pressure on the players and in such circumstances, management and players support each other to ease this pressure,” he said, adding that group activities are organised and if any player is seen pressurized then everybody supports him.”

The top batsman of T20Is said that when the team was being finalized, the focus was to form a quality side. “Some of the players in the World Cup team were also a part of the Champions Trophy squad, this group is good and has been constantly playing,” he said, adding that these players understand each other very well. “I am glad that in all matches, a new player was awarded the Man of the Match trophy.”

Referring to his captaincy, he said that it has been two years since he was assigned the role to lead the team, adding that he is slowly gaining experience. “I was able to take decisions freely when I got the desired team as it gave me confidence,” he added. Addressing the ongoing debate regarding Hassan Ali and Fakhar Zaman’s dismal performances during the series, Babar said the former is Pakistan’s main bowler. “He is a player who will give good performances in big matches,” he asserted. 

Referring to Fakhar Zaman, he said that 11 out of 11 players do not perform well in every match. Only two to three batsmen and one or two bowlers come into the limelight in each match. “Fakhar Zaman is playing his game and his day will come and when he will perform, he will change the game,” he added. The captain said that a low score in power play is sometimes due to pitch conditions and sometimes, it is the team’s strategy. “No team in the tournament can be taken lightly and the match against Australia will be a good one.”


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