Ahead of the marquee clash against India in the Asia Cup, Pakistan captain Babar Azam has urged his team to take inspiration from their dominant win over their arch-rivals in the T20 World Cup last year.
The tournament is already underway and Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the opening match in Dubai on Saturday. However, all eyes will be on the Indo-Pak clash on Sunday as the two teams meet after almost a year in what promises to be a blockbuster encounter.
Babar, who currently leads Pakistan across formats, addressed the team during their final training session ahead of their group stage clash against the Men in Blue on Sunday evening (7:30 PM IST).
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“Kis body language se khelna hai, jaise hum khelte aa rahe hain, jaise humne World Cup mein khela hai. Woh yaad karo, piche jaake woh cheez yaad karo. Jab yaad karoge, saari cheezein aana shuru ho jayengi. (What our body language should be, how we played all the time, how we played in the World Cup. Remember how we played in the World Cup. Things will start to fall in place once you take inspiration from them)
“Faith rakho. I know humara main fast bowler humare saath nahi hai, lekin uski kami mehsoos na hone dena, fast bowlers specially. (Believe me. I know we are missing our main fast bowler but make sure we can make up for his absence with our performances),” Babar told his teammates in a video shared by the Pakistan Cricket Board on its Twitter account. account.
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The men in green have been dealt a blow in the form of several injury-forced withdrawals ahead of the tournament, with pacers Shaheen Shah Afridi (knee injury) and Mohammad Wasim (left side strain) ruled out of the tournament. fitness issues, with Mohammad Hasnain and Hasan Ali named as their replacements.