- Feb 24, 2024
- May 5, 2023
The cricket lovers will watch with bated breath and starry eyes as the marquee clash between India and Pakistan is set to take place today which will be the Asia Cup opener for both sides. Pakistan has very sweet recent memories of the Dubai International stadium where Pakistan comprehensively beat India by 10 wickets in that encounter.
India will be wanting to make amends this time around, while Pakistan will look to continue the good form against India and show to the world that the win in the 20-20 World Cup in 2021 was not just a one-off. Pakistan captain Babar Azam encouraged his team by reminding them about the 10-wicket win over India, which happened last year. He urged them to have and show the same body language so that similar results will follow.
Pakistan will look to take the initiative and surprise India in the opening game and would like to get going straight away, to show that they are here to win the Asia Cup and are not to be taken lightly as a side.
“You have to play with the same body language that you all had during the T20 World Cup. Remember the game that we played last year, just remember that. When you look back at it, you will remember all fond memories, you will remember your preparation. If you prepare well, the result will come. Have the self-belief, I know we don’t have our main fast bowler, but don’t make us miss him, especially the other fast bowlers. Wish you all the best,” said Babar in a video posted on Pakistan Cricket Board Twitter.
“Our victory over India 11 months ago at the same venue is a good reference point, but that’s all. While we will continue to reflect on it positively, Sunday and any other matches down the line will be new fixtures that will be played in new conditions. I have always believed you don’t need any additional motivation to play and perform for Pakistan. Representing your country at a global stage itself is a huge honour and pride, and the objective is always to make the country proud.” he added.