Pakistan captain Babar Azam gave a motivational speech to his teammates after the Men in Green fell to India by 4 wickets in their Super 12 meeting in Melbourne on Sunday.
“Brothers, it was a good game. We strive, as always. We made some mistakes, but we have to learn from those mistakes. We must not fall. The tournament has just started, we have many matches left, remember that,” Babar said in a video posted by the Pakistan Cricket Twitter account.
“We didn’t lose to one person. We all lost as a team. No one should point a finger at a person. This shouldn’t happen, not on this team. As a team we lost and we will win as a team. We have to stick together, remember that,” added the boss.
He also noted that there were also positives that they can take from this match.
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“We have also had good performances, so look at them too. Little mistakes that were made, we have to work on them as a team,” he said.
The captain also told Mohammad Nawaz, who shot down last, not to take the result to heart.
“Don’t worry Nawaz. You are my match winner and I will always believe in you. You will win matches for me. It was a pressure game but you took it very close so you did very well,” Babar told his bowler as the locker room erupted in applause.
Whatever it is, leave it here. Go ahead, we’ll start again. As a team we played very well and we have to continue like this. I wish them the best,” he concluded.
In the match, both Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan failed to make an impact, both losing their wickets to World Cup debutant Arshdeep Singh. Pakistan were well served by Iftikhar Ahmed’s 34-ball 51 and Shan Masood’s unbeaten 42-ball 52 after they lost their first two wickets with just 15 runs on the board in the fourth over.
For India, Singh was among the most successful bowlers in the highly anticipated match of the tournament, finishing with figures of 3/32 in four overs on the iconic pitch.