Pakistan captain Babar Azam vows to rewrite his country’s woeful World Cup record in Dubai … starting with his box office clash against India
- Babar Azam downplayed his team’s miserable World Cup record against India
- The contentious nature of Indo-Pak relations means that now only ICC events occur
- Pakistan memorably defeated India in the 2017 Champions Trophy final at The Oval
- Since then, however, he has lost four of five to them in the T20 World Cup.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam has played down his team’s miserable World Cup record against India, insisting that the past has been “forgotten” before a marquee clash in Dubai.
Twelve matches between the teams in the one-day and Twenty20 tournaments have produced 11 Indian victories and a draw, with their dramatic victory over the Pakistanis in the 2007 T20 World Cup final in Johannesburg ushering in the IPL and a global fixation with the money. turning 20-over format.
The contentious nature of Indo-Pak relations, particularly in the disputed Kashmir region, means that the two countries clash these days only at ICC events.
Babar Azam has downplayed his Pakistani team’s miserable World Cup record against India
And while Pakistan memorably defeated India in the 2017 Champions Trophy final at The Oval, it has lost four of five to them in T20 World Cups, and seven of seven in the equivalent of 50 years.
“We have forgotten what we have done in the past and we are trying to focus on the future,” said Azam, the world’s number two hitter in the format, behind Dawid Malan of England. “We will try to do better on the pitch, and in this match we will try to produce better results.”
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If that sounded like a sensible enough approach for a party that rarely leaves time or space to think clearly, then his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli said the only way to deal with the hype was to treat the party like any other. It can be easier said than done.
“We need to be in the most balanced place possible,” he said. “It is very important for us to stay focused on cricket, because with a game like this, unnecessary things happen abroad.
‘That’s fine, as long as he stays out of our controlled environment and we focus on what we have to do as cricketers. Therefore, I always maintain that for me it has never been any different than any other game of cricket that we play. ”
Virat Kohli says the only way to deal with the hype was to treat the match like any other
India, whose players acclimated to Gulf conditions during the recent IPL, start the tournament as favorites, though they have only reached one of five finals since winning the 2007 competition.
With Kohli ready to step down as captain of the T20 team after this tournament so that he can focus on the test and the works of more than 50, victory in the United Arab Emirates would be the perfect closure.