“Different game if Shaheen was there”: Babar Azam on clash vs India in Asia Cup | Cricket News


Shaheen Shah Afridi is one of the best pacers and being banned from the Asian Cup was one of the biggest setbacks the team faced prior to the event. Ahead of the Asia Cup match against India in Dubai on Sunday, Pakistani skipper Babar Azam said his side will definitely miss the top speed star and it would have been a different match had Shaheen played the match.

“Shaheen is one of our best bowlers, he bowls with aggression and he leads the attack so we will miss him. If Shaheen had been there it would have been a different game. But our other bowlers are good too, we have a lot confidence in the camp,” Babar said at a press conference.

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Speaking further about the game against India, Babar said: “The heat is not there. It is not normal, as a professional you have to adapt to everything. For me every game is important and as captain it is my job to be 100 percent and we try just doing our best. The T20 World Cup match is over, tomorrow would be a new day. You have the confidence, but it all comes down to match day.”

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When asked about Indian and Pakistani players interacting during training, Babar said: “As an athlete you try to meet different players. We met everyone, it’s normal. You try to talk to players about cricket and other things. .”

“Everyone is waiting for the game between India and Pakistan. It’s important to enjoy this game. Our bench strength is strong, injuries can happen, it’s part of it. I have faith in every player,” said Babar about the upcoming game.

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Talking about his emergence in the game as one of the best hitters out there, Babar said: “Nothing is easy, but achieving the goals is up to you. There are many great players in the world, so how you want against them fighting is up to you. There are ups and downs, how you deal with them is up to you.”

The 2022 Asian Cup kicks off on Saturday evening with the Group B clash between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

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