Hayden: India Pakistan is Like ‘Nothing Else I’ve Ever Seen’

Matthew Hayden, commented on Babar Azam as the target for all bowlers, and Pakistan’s chances of winning the cup. Hayden who recently became Pakistan’s batting coach/consultant talked about the grand nature of India vs Pakistan matches. 

“Babar obviously has his own role to play not only in terms of leadership but as a premier batter,” Hayden said. “Because as you’ve seen through the IPL, the two dominant captains here in the UAE, MS Dhoni, a World Cup winner and [Eoin] Morgan, a World Cup winner…even though their individual performances weren’t as good as what they have previously done within their own statistical record. But the way that they led their troops and conduct themselves is an important part of the UAE because as I mentioned, it’s not one side, it’s not necessarily going to run away with it here. It’s a real dogfight.

“The conditions and the margins for errors are very little and so good leadership is going to be key. I think Babar has that and commands that presence and that role and he needs to fulfil that role and in a batting sense as well. He, I think, is the premium player and he will be targeted. He will also be the person that everyone is wanting to put in his pocket. There’s going to be additional pressure on him, both as a captain and also as a batsman. I sense that the way that he goes about it is going to be spot on.”

India and Pakistan both begin their campaigns on the 24th against each other. So far, Pakistan has had a 0% win record against India in World Cups. With Hayden on their side they might have a better chance of winning this time around, buthis limited coaching experience might be a hindrance. Hayden, who retired in 2009, and recently started coaching continued, “Calmness is maybe something that I want to bring in,” Hayden said. “A sense of calmness and control of remaining very present in play because World Cups are such a challenging thing and playing multiple World Cups has been such an important part of my life. One of the things that I’ve learned is that for whatever reason, you’re always under pressure so you don’t need to create it. You know, pressure environments are additional to what the game demands, so to remain calm, that’ll be the one thing.”

Blackwood is Dismissed by Fawad Alam’s Stunning Catch

In the ongoing series, Pakistan’s players have fought hard against West Indies. The visitors came close to winning the first Test, but the Caribbeans came out on top.

West Indies won the first Test by one wicket, taking a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. The second Test match will be played at Sabina Park in Jamaica.

Pakistan has rebounded in the second Test after losing the first. West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl first. The first innings ended with Pakistan scoring 302/9 and declaring victory.

Fawad Alam scored an unbeaten 124 runs with 17 fours. Babar Azam scored 75 runs with 13 fours. Both Kemar Roach and Jayden Seales took three wickets.

Two wickets were taken by Jason Holder. West Indies were unable to bolster their batting department. Nkrumah Bonner scored 37 runs, while Jermaine Blackwood scored 33.

Shaheen Afridi led the Pakistani bowlers. Mohammad Abbas took three wickets and dismissed four batsmen. Ashraf Faheem took a wicket.

To dismiss Blackwood, Fawad Alam catches a superb pass

Clearly, Pakistan dominated the second Test. During the last ball of the 40th over, a breathtaking incident stunned the cricket community.

In a sensational catch, Fawad Alam dismissed Jermaine Blackwood. The incident occurred when Blackwood attempted to hit a shot off Shaheen Afridi’s bowling.

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Before T20 World Cup, Babar Azam Warns Virat Kohli and Other Captains

Pakistan captain Babar Azam subtly warned Virat Kohli and all other captains, before the ICC T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. 

UAE had been the Pakistan Cricket team’s adopted home ground for years, it was like an event at home for them. Pakistan played many home matches after other teams decided not to tour the country.

ICC T20 World cup was initially scheduled to be hosted by India. Nonetheless, they assigned the tournament to the UAE and Oman later due to covid reasons. 

Pakistan captain Babar Azam said on ICC’s official website:

For Pakistan, the T20 World Cup is like a home event as the UAE has been our venue for more than a decade. We have not only nurtured our talent and developed our side in the UAE but have also beaten the top sides in these conditions to peak to No. 1 in the ICC T20I team rankings. All the players are excited, motivated, and enthusiastic, and view this tournament as an opportunity to showcase our prowess and re-establish our superiority in the shortest format of the game in conditions that suit us best.

Babar Azam’s team will play their first match against India 

Azam and the team will face a tough test in their opening match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 against Team India. 

Considering the records, India has never lost to Pakistan in the ICC T20 World Cup. India defeated Pakistan in all its matches during the Asia Cup 2018 in the United Arab Emirates. It should come as no surprise that India will win the tournament opener.

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With a Stunning Catch, Rizwan Dismisses Warrican in Test One

Test cricket is proving to be an excellent source of entertainment for fans all over the world. Any team could win the game.

England’s pacers struggled to dismiss India’s tailenders in the second Test match. As the scoreboard ticked over on the 9th wicket, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah combined for 89 runs.

A game-changing partnership helped India win by 151 runs. On the other hand, West Indies faced Pakistan for the first time in the Caribbean islands.

The Pakistani team lost by just one wicket. Despite their best efforts, the visitors were unable to remove the tail. Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, was won by the West Indies by one wicket.

Kemar Roach saved West Indies. Despite scoring 30 including 2 fours, he remained not out throughout the game. The game was exciting despite Pakistan’s loss. Mohammad Rizwan caught Jomel Warrican with an unbelievable catch to dismiss him.

Rizwan stuns Warrican with a stunner

Pakistan’s wicketkeeper’s catch was a highlight of the match. Pakistan was still in the game as they edged closer to victory, but the hosts’ last batting pair carried them over the finish line.

A ball was delivered to Warrican by Pakistani pacer Hasan Ali. Pakistan only needed two wickets to win. Meanwhile, Hasan Ali threw a short ball to Warrican, and Warrican tried to pull shot it.

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Ultimately, Warrican won. At the same time, a fine leg fielder was positioned, and he could have easily reached out. Rizwan, however, took the catch with a full-throttle drive.

Pakistani teammates were stunned by the catch. Having a good shot at winning the game also made the dressing room happy. Kemar Roach and Jayden Seales, however, helped the team reach its goal of 168 points.

Babar Azam, Pakistan’s all-formats captain, said: “This is the beauty of Test cricket.” We did well with batting, but we didn’t carry on with the momentum in the first innings. We lost momentum in the second innings after the bowlers did well.

It was difficult to score, it was swinging and seaming, the outfield was slow, and their bowlers bowled in the channel, “Pakistan captain Babar Azam was quoted as saying after the match. “We were patient and wanted to build a partnership. Hasan, Shaheen, and Abbas were good throughout, and we took our catches, but we did drop two in the final session which might have made the difference,” he added.

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