Pakistan coach Matthew Hayden believes Pakistan Captain Babar Azam will be at his best in the semi-final match against New Zealand in Sydney. Babar has only scored 39 runs in five matches so far in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. The dismal run of form has been an outlier for Pakistan’s skipper, who has been a pillar of consistency for his team at the top of the order in recent years.
Babar was observed in the nets before Pakistan’s match against New Zealand in Sydney, with Hayden encouraging him. When asked what advice he had for Babar in the nets and about his concerns about his form, Hayden was certain that Babar would rediscover his touch in no time.
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Hayden backs Babar to produce ‘something very special’
According to Hayden, “We are all aware that there are substantial ups and downs in any particular profession. And the difficulties and setbacks along the way solidify you and your brilliance, demonstrating how you succeed in the face of adversity. There’s no denying that Babar has faced difficulty. That will not just make him a better player.”
Babar was observed in the nets before Pakistan’s match against New Zealand in Sydney, with Hayden offering words of support. When asked what advice he had for Babar in the nets and about his concerns about his form, Hayden was certain that it was just a matter of time before Babar rediscovered his touch.
Hayden added, “We’ve all seen tremendous ups and downs in our careers. And the difficulties and setbacks along the way solidify you and your excellence, showing how you succeed in the face of adversity. There’s little doubt that Babar has faced difficulty. This will not just make him a better player.”
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And, as we all know, when there is calm in the weather, a storm always follows. So keep an eye out, rest of the world, because I believe you’re going to witness something extremely amazing from Babar “Hayden finished. Pakistan’s campaign has been a roller coaster, with losses to India and Zimbabwe followed by three straight wins against the Netherlands, South Africa, and Bangladesh to reach the semi-finals. They will have a difficult test from New Zealand, who has so far impressed in the Super 12.
Hayden lauded Pakistan’s opponents in Sydney, particularly their bowling assault, saying, “They’ve also got a superb bowling attack, a well-balanced bowling attack.” A good combination of experience. I even got to play against Tim Southee, which shows how experienced that squad is. I believe they, like New Zealand sports in general, punch above their weight. They feel they can win this event and believe they have the capacity to accomplish so. Without a doubt, there are several dangers to our camp.”
The two teams will square off at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday, November 9, with a probable final against England or India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on November 13.