WATCH: We will lift the World Cup in India next year- Shoaib Akhtar after Pakistan's defeat to England in T20 World Cup final

"Dil dukha hai lekin, toota toh nahi hai," Akhtar captioned his video message.

Saurabh GangulyAuthor

Updated - 13 November 2022 06:52 PM


England won the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022 by beating Pakistan in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday. While Pakistan did make a match out of it despite managing to score 137/8 after being invited to bat first, eventually it was England who equalled West Indies' record of winning two world titles by managing to beat the Men in Green by 5 wickets.

Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar expressed his disappointment with the team missing out on an opportunity to win the T20 World Cup but also said that he was proud of the bowling performance of the team throughout the tournament.

Akhtar termed Shaheen Afridi getting injured in the summit clash as the turning point in the titular clash. However, he hoped that the team would be able to win the ODI World Cup in India in 2023.

Check out Akhtar's video message here:

Talking about the match, Shan Masood (38 off 28) and Babar Azam (32 off 28) took Pakistan to 137/8. While they looked set for a few more, England's pace attack led by Sam Curran (3/12) tightened the screws towards the end.

In response, England stumbled and lost wickets in the middle but it was the partnership between Ben Stokes (52* off 49) and Moeen Ali (19 off 12) that titled the balance completely in favour of England before Stokes finished the job for his team.

As soon as Stokes hit the winning runs, England also became the first team in white-ball cricket to hold the ODI and the T20I World Cup trophies at the same time, having clinched the ODI World Cup in 2019.

Sam Curran bagged the Player of the Match award for his performance in the final and was declared as the Player of the Tournament as he finished with 13 wickets in the tournament from 6 innings.


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