In Pakistan’s upcoming ODI World Cup opener against the Netherlands, there is anticipation and excitement building up. Babar Azam, after a promising performance against Australia in a practice match in Hyderabad, is geared up for the match. However, Pakistan’s journey to this point has been challenging. They faced defeats against India and Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup, not meeting the expectations set for them.
Babar Azam’s Determination to Lead Pakistan to Victory
The team’s struggles continued in the warm-up games for the ICC World Cup. Babar Azam highlighted the difficulty faced by bowlers in India due to the small boundaries, emphasizing the need for high-scoring games. Unfortunately, Pakistan faced a setback as pacer Naseem Shah was ruled out of the World Cup, putting additional pressure on the team.
Challenges Faced by Pakistan: Defeats and Setbacks
Despite these challenges, Pakistan’s hopes lie in their batsmen, especially Babar Azam, who aims to lead the team to victory. The team is relying on experienced players like Mohammad Rizwan and captain Babar Azam to deliver strong performances. In the absence of Naseem Shah, the bowling responsibility falls on Hasan Ali and strike bowler Shaheen Afridi, who are expected to form a formidable bowling partnership.
Pakistan’s Hopes for a Positive Start
The stage is set for thrilling encounter at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Pakistan will be looking to put their recent struggles behind them and start their World Cup campaign on positive note against the Netherlands. The match promises to be test of their skills and determination as they aim to make mark in the tournament.