ISLAMABAD - Two Top Pakistani players break silence over World Cup performance by national team.
Pakistan’s opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq and middle-order batsman Babar Azam got a fair chance to learn a lot while playing in the World Cup for the first time.
“It was my first playing in such pressure I think I did pretty well and delivered on the right time for my team,” Babar said while talking to the media in Lahore following their return from London.
“See we are in a learning process and as a cricketer, you never stop grabbing things. This World Cup was a unique experience for me and I learned a lot while playing a tough situation,” said Imam.
The left-handed batsman Imam-ul-Haq said that his role is to play 50 overs and no player wants to give poor performance. “See, 100 against Bangladesh was tough as the situation was not ideal to score runs. I agree that I failed to get off the mark in the initial stage of the tournament but it is not over for me and I will keep on giving my best,” he said.
Imam believes in his abilities and wants to remain honest with his duties. The nephew of chief selector Inzam-ul-Haq once again highlighted that he is in the team on merit.
“I believe in Allah and will give my best every time. If you talk about removing chief selector so, in my opinion, it wouldn’t affect our performance anyway,” he said.
Babar Azam, on the other hand, is happy to surpass Pakistan’s legendary batsman Javed Miandad for scoring highest runs in a single edition of Men’s Cricket World Cup. Babar scored 474 from Pakistan to break Miandad’s record of scoring 424 runs in 1992 World Cup.
“As a batsman, its a great achievement for me. Standing strong in the list of best batsmen in the world is such a pleasure for me,” he said.
Babar put weight on Pakistan’s World Cup performance and speaks out against critics for doing unnecessary criticism only when the team loses. “We as a unit are satisfied with our performance. Our last few matches were the turning point for the team and the loss against India was equally disappointing for us,” teh star batsman said.
To a query about change in the team’s captaincy, Babar said that it’s up to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and they will decide such things.