T20 World Cup 2021: Pakistan skipper Babar Azam sends a message to the fans

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam thanked his fans after his side's win against India
Pakistan skipper Babar Azam thanked his fans after his side's win against India.
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Pakistan skipper Babar Azam thanked fans and well-wishers from his country following his side's thumping victory over India on Sunday. The 27-year-old mentioned that the backing from fans gave his side a lot of confidence heading into the match.

Babar and Co. managed the unthinkable feat of beating India and ending Pakistan's 12-match losing streak in the ICC World Cup against the Men in Blue.

Shaheen Shah Afridi set the tone for his side when he got rid of India's top-three batters in the first innings. While chasing a total of 152 runs in the second innings, Pakistani openers Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam did not put a foot wrong and saw their side over the finish line with 13 balls remaining.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) shared a video on its official Twitter account where the Pakistani skipper was seen thanking Pakistani fans and supporters. You can watch the video below:

Azam sent a thankful and heartwarming message to his fans and said:

"First of all, I want to thank everyone who prayed for us, supported us, and to everyone who waited eagerly for this game and appreciated us."

The right-hander also mentioned that the backing from the fans instilled confidence in the side, which eventually proved successful for them. He added:

"I want to thank everyone who backed us on social media and in the stadium, and obviously in Pakistan, that gave us a lot of confidence and helped us to know that you guys were always there for our backing."

Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan played magnificent knocks of 68* and 79* runs respectively, with 12 boundaries and five sixes among them.

"We kept history out of our mind” – Babar Azam

India v Pakistan - ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021
India v Pakistan - ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021

The Men in Green leader stated that his troops kept the history of the India-Pakistan World Cup rivalry out of their minds while preparing for the 2021 T20 World Cup. In the post-match presentation, Azam said:

"We kept the history [India’s 12-0 dominance] out of our minds. I focused on giving our players confidence, which is what they need in the hours before a big tournament. We focused on quality practice, warm-up matches and even our domestic tournament before that where we gave our 100%.”

Pakistan will look to build on their impressive performance when they face New Zealand on Tuesday in their second game of the T20 World Cup 2021 in Sharjah.

Edited by Ritwik Kumar

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