Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has declared that Pakistan will beat India on October 24 in the blockbuster T20 World Cup encounter between the two teams. Babar said that Pakistan are not thinking about the past and are ready to script history. Notably, Pakistan are yet to beat arch-rivals India in the World Cup, in both 20-over and the ODI format.
The Pakistan captain said his team have the self-belief, confidence and morale in the group to break the jinx against India this time around. He also spoke about the importance of staying calm and focused in pressure situations, which is something that the men in green have practised. Further, he opined that spinners will play a crucial role in Dubai but whoever plays the best cricket will end up winning the match.
Babar said, “Your belief and confidence as a group matter a lot before a tournament,” he said. “As a team, our confidence and morale are really high. We are not thinking of the past but the future. We are preparing for that. I am fully confident that we are well prepared and will play good cricket on the day.”
“We’ve been playing cricket in UAE for the past 3-4 years and we know the conditions really well. We know how the wicket will behave and the adjustments batters will have to make. On the day who plays the better cricket, wins the match. If you ask me, we will win,” the 27-year old concluded.
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Pakistan and India last met each other in the 2019 World Cup in Manchester on 16 June, where India won by 89 runs. The result maintained India’s unbeaten World Cup record against Pakistan. India and Pakistan are placed in Pool B in the 2021 T20 WC, along with New Zealand, Afghanistan and two other teams from the qualifiers.