Babar Azam admits to having nerves before the clash against India in T20 World Cup
By SMCS - Jun 3, 2024 8:00 am
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India and Pakistan are all set to take on each other in the group stage of the T20 World Cup 2024. However, arch-rivals India and Pakistan will play each other on June 9 in New York. Before the marquee clash, Pakistan captain Babar Azam has added to having nerves. Speaking on the PCB podcast, Babar said that IND vs PAK was going to be the most talked about match in the mega event as well.

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Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam

“An India-Pakistan match is always the most talked about; it is discussed too much wherever you go in the world. The players get different vibes and excitement. What will happen is that everyone supports their country, so the focus is on that match,” Babar Azam said. “The whole world is focused on the day when the India-Pakistan match is held. Naturally, there will be nerves, but we need to keep our focus, stick to the basics and play easy cricket. It is always a pressure game; the more you keep cool and calm, believe in your skills and hard work, then things get easier.”

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However, Pakistan have been in poor form in recent times, losing a T20I to Ireland and then losing a T20I series vs England as well. He also spoke about his role as a captain and again said that he cannot afford to be emotional as the leader of the team as well.

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Babar Azam loving the support in Hyderabad

“I understand the responsibilities of a captain as there are additional expectations. You have players and the management, and you have to maintain communication with them. You have to control your emotions and back your players because you have to get the best performance out of them. You always have to support them and give them the confidence that they are the best and can do better,” concluded Babar Azam.