Babar Azam's Bold Declaration As Pakistan Take On India In Super 4 Clash
Pakistan's captain, Babar Azam, said on Saturday that his team will have an advantage over India in Sunday's Asia Cup Super 4 match because they have recently played in Sri Lanka. Since the Test match in July, several Pakistani players have been in Sri Lanka to play in the Lanka Premier League and the ODIs against Afghanistan. "We have an advantage over India because we play cricket all the time in Pakistan and Sri Lanka," Babar said in a news conference before the match.
"We have been playing here in Sri Lanka for about two months. We have played Tests, a series against Afghanistan, and the LPL. So it's possible to say that we have an edge." The schedule of the event meant that Babar's team had to go back and forth between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, but the right-handed batter did not pay too much attention to that.
"We always knew what the plan was and how far we had to go. So, how we take care of our players has become important. "Everything has been well thought out," he said.
Pakistan's fast bowlers are doing very well in the Asia Cup. Between them, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Naseem Shah have taken 23 wickets in just three games.
Babar, on the other hand, told his spinners to join in during the middle overs so that the pressure on the other team didn't let up.
"Yes, (with the ball) we get off to a good start, and the plan is always to bowl well in the middle overs. The goal is to come up with a good combo. We need to lose wickets in the middle overs, but that's not happening.
"But you can see we're doing well at the end. The end of the race is going well for our pacers. This is the work of a group. "If one bowler fails, another bowler steps in," Babar said.
India and Pakistan are playing each other for the second time in this event. Their league match at Pallekele was rained out.
Babar was hoping that it wouldn't rain on Sunday.
"We are concentrating on what we can do. I don't think it will rain much tomorrow, since the sun is shining. We're trying to practise as much as we can', he said.