What a start to the tournament it has been for Pakistan. Although they were given fewer chances by cricket experts and pundits against India in their T20 World Cup clash against their arch-rivals, they completely outplayed the Indian team and won the match by 10 wickets and 13 balls to spare to stitch a record win over.
Prior to this, India had defeated Pakistan in each of their 12 encounters at the World Cup stage but on their 13th meeting, the Babar Azam-led side had other ideas and looked the better side on the field of play and eventually emerged as winners. After the match, captain Babar said that although it is time for the team to celebrate together but they should never lose sight of their ultimate aim of winning the T20 World Cup.
He warned his teammates against getting overexcited since there are a lot of matches lined up for them in the coming days. Notably, Pakistan only have a day's gap before they take on New Zealand on October 26.
"The win today cannot be attributed to any one individual performance. We won as a team today. We should not deviate from this at all, even in future games. It is just a start now. Do enjoy the win, but don’t get over-excited," Babar could be seen saying in a video shared by Pakistan Cricket.
"We have matches ahead, so we need to be prepared and focused. Today’s victory is in the past now, it was great, and we will all enjoy it together, but our main focus should be winning the World Cup. We will not relax till then, and we have to give our 100%," he added.
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Meanwhile, Virat Kohli also said that there was no shame in losing to a team that played better on the day. However, he added that they have identified areas where they need to improve and would want to do the same in the matches to come.
"We tried creating pressure but they had answers for the same. We know where we went wrong. We have that clarity. We definitely feel like we can overcome these mistakes," Kohli said at the post-match press conference.