Mumbai: After Pakistan registered their first-ever victory against India in a Cricket World Cup, Pakistan captain Babar Azam said they prepared well for Sunday’s game and kept the history out of their minds.
Mohammad Rizwan and Babar put on a remarkable show on Sunday as Pakistan thrashed India by 10 wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
“It won’t be easy because we beat India. We’ll take confidence, but we’re going to take it one match at a time, and the tournament has a long way to go. We prepared well, and just kept the history out of our mind,” Babar told host broadcaster Star Sports after the match.
“We needed quality practice, and warm-up matches, and even our domestic tournament and those games gave us a lot of confidence,” he added.
Rizwan (79*) and Babar (68*) did not give India bowlers any chance to come out on top as both the batsmen dominated. Pakistan chased down the target of 152 without losing a wicket as India looked clueless in their opening match.
“It was a team effort, and the early wickets were very helpful. It gave us a lot of confidence and our spinners were also very good. We executed our plans and got the results,” Babar said.
“We openers kept it simple and shared a partnership and since the wicket was getting better we wanted to bat till the end, which we did,” he said.
Before this game, Pakistan had failed to beat India in the history of the men’s World Cup but the Babar-led side came out with flying colours on Sunday on the back of some sensational performance after Shaheen Shah Afridi’s show with the ball