Pakistan captain Babar Azam backs his teammate Hasan Ali whose costly mistake in the field allowed Matthew Wade to secure Australia’s a sensational victory in the Twenty20 World Cup semi-final on Thursday.
Hassan Ali was an expensive bowler in the semi-final but he was even more disappointed with the catch drop at such a criucial stage of the match which turned the tables.
Shaheen Afrid was hit for sixes while Australia needing 22 runs off the last two overs. Wade took a wild swing at Shaheen Shah Afridi’s third ball and sent a skier towards Hasan who spilled the catch on the leg-side.
Wade responded by hitting three spectacular sixes in a row to complete an excellent chase against the tournament’s form side with 1 over remaining.
“If the catch was taken then the scenario would have been different but it is part of the game,” Babar told reporters.
“He is one of my main bowlers and he has won many matches for Pakistan. Players drop catches but he is a fighter and I will back him.
“Everybody doesn’t perform every day. There is a day when one performs. It was just not his day. He is down and we will lift his mood.”
Babar felt 176-4 after being put into bat was a decent score by the 2009 champions because the analyst predicted that any score above 160 will be a competitive total.
“We started off well with a good total but unfortunately the finish wasn’t good,” Babar said.
“The way we played the tournament and boys fought, I keep the belief that we will continue with this.”
Rizwan the warrior played an amazing knock. The team doctor revealed opening batter Mohammad Rizwan, who top-scored for Pakistan with 67 in such an important match, had spent two days in hospital following a chest infection before being declared fit for the semi-final.
“The way he (Rizwan) played today he showed that he’s a team man,” Babar said. “I am very confident about his attitude and his performance.”
All the former cricketers and the nation is backing up the team for playing a amazing series and showing the effort that usually was missing for a decade.
T20 World Cup is planned again for next year and the team is being supported so that they play well and win the next T20 World Cup.