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Beating India was the most memorable moment of 2021: Babar Azam

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In all the World cup matches that have taken before the 2021 India Pakistan clash, the men in green had never been able to come out victorious. Be it the 1996 World Cup when Ajay Jadeja smashed Waqar Younis or 2003 when Sachin took the Pakistanis apart with his fearless batting, India had dominated Pakistan in the world cup matches. However, history was created on 24th October 2021 when Pakistan defeated India convincingly by ten wickets.

Speaking on a podcast with Pakistan Cricket Board, Babar Azam reminded of great wins Pakistan has enjoyed in 2021 but termed defeating India as the most memorable win of the year.

“Yes if you ask, it was the first match of the World Cup. Can’t explain how the side felt after beating India. We had prepared that we are not going to allow our past defeats to dictate this match and that we have to be present. The way we started, and the way we finished, it was a different feel altogether, a different buzz. It was a complete team effort and the divine helped us that way.”

Sent into bat first, India was never able to recover from the early blows of Shaheen Shah Afridi who got out Rohit Sharma and K L Rahul. Virat Kohli played a responsible innings and took India to a par score of 151 for seven. But Pakistan had really sought out their plans meticulously this time, a thing which has always been missing in the past in clashes with India. The men in green chased down the target with 13 balls to spare and without losing any wicket. Pakistan exceeded the expectations of its fans by reaching the semi-final of the T20 World cup where they almost won the semi-final match against Australia.

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Pakistan was on the verge of winning the semi-final but Australia remained in the hunt and Matthew Wade displayed ferocious and fearless batting as he towered Shaheen Shah Afridi for three sixes and pulled out Australia from the jaws of defeat. Babar said, “We made some mistakes on that match but we as a side will take lessons from that defeat because such scenarios will come again”. It is to be noted that Pakistan has been awarded the rights to the Asia Cup in 2023 and the Champions Trophy in 2025. The team will be eyeing the T20 World Cup next year in Australia.

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