Pakistan Is In Good Form After Defeating New Zealand Says Babar Azam
Amid reservations over their inclusion, Babar Azam feels Pakistan is well-positioned for the World Cup after their ODI series victory against New Zealand.
Notwithstanding reservations over their inclusion, captain Babar Azam feels Pakistan is well-positioned for the World Cup after their “dominant” ODI series victory against New Zealand.
In the five-match series, the national team defeated a depleted New Zealand 4-1 and briefly ascended to the very top of the one-day ratings.
Babar became the first player to reach 5,000 ODI runs in record time while en route to his 18th century in the format, and Pakistan scored 337 in the second game, their second-highest victorious pursuit in one-day internationals.
In the meantime, Pakistan’s opener Fakhar Zaman made history by scoring hundreds in three straight one-day internationals, solidifying his status among the top three batsmen in the country, along with Imamul Haq.
Due to tensions with the host nation, India, Pakistan’s involvement in the World Cup in October-November is questionable.
Babar was upbeat despite that and his team’s loss in the Sunday championship game.
The captain added, “Winning the series is great and so is achieving the number one ranking that has set us in a good position for the World Cup,”
When asked whether the unpredictability worried the Pakistani team, Babar responded, “We can’t say anything about that, but wherever we get a chance to play, we will play.”
When India said it wouldn’t send the squad to Pakistan for the Asia Cup in September, one month before the World Cup, the dispute began last year.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has vowed to boycott the World Cup in protest.
But there are indications of a thaw. The last time a senior Pakistani politician visited India was last week when Bilawal Bhutto came to Goa to visit the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
Babar steadfastly resisted the idea that New Zealand was an easy opponent because they were missing eight of their best players, several of whom were on Indian Premier League duty.
Before winning the following two games by 26 and 102 runs in Karachi, Pakistan claimed the first two games by five and seven wickets each at Rawalpindi.
Also in Karachi, New Zealand won the final match by 47 runs.
Despite the outcomes, interim New Zealand captain Tim Latham believed the series was valuable.
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