Pakistan will take on arch-rivals India in their opening encounter of the ICC T20 World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, on Sunday, October 23. The Babar Azam-led side defeated the Rohit Sharma-led side in last year’s World Cup in the UAE, and this is their first win over India in the history of the T20 World Cup.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Ramiz Raja has called the pair of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan Pakistan’s “best-ever pair” and wondered why this duo in the top order should be separated. The opening duo is the only pair to score 2000 runs in T20Is and have led Pakistan to many victories.
Babar Azam And Mohammad Rizwan Is Our Best-ever Pair – Ramiz Raja
“People say we play old-style T20, I disagree, our team is very good,” he said.
“Pair of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan is our best-ever pair, I am surprised that people want to separate them.
“In the past, more than ten pairs were tried and people used to say that the Pakistan team did not have a good pair, now that we have a great pair of openers, people discuss what binds our fantastic openers together,” he further added.
Pressure Is In Every Game – Ramiz Raja
When asked about the added pressure in the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup match against India, Raja said it is there before every game and Pakistan’s performance in the previous edition gave him confidence. Pakistan won the T20 World Cup in the UAE last year against India.
“Pressure is in every game. Pakistan team was not given much importance in the last World Cup, but we won five matches. We have to give credit to this team, this team does not disappoint.
“Their achievements are very high. When the winning graph is seventy-five percent, it means you are making less mistakes. Consistency in performance every day is not easy, it is a tough game,” the 60-year-old said.
Pakistan will be looking to bounce back in the T20 World Cup after this year’s Asia Cup final loss and a seven-match T20I series loss to England (3-4) at home.