India haven’t exactly done well in the Powerplay overs but the Pakistan captain refused to read into it.
“Statistics like these can help, but on the day, you need to execute your plans. It also helps that we have played a lot of matches in Bangladesh. We have won the Asia Cup over here and are aware about the conditions. But similarly, the Indian team also has a lot of experience in these conditions,” he explained.
While there were reports of rift between Hafeez and some other members of the team management, the skipper rubbished the rumours.
“Any decision that we take is a team decision. We have one aim and that is to win.”
The skipper was ecstatic about how senior speedster Umar Gul has worked on his fitness and is looking sharp as ever.
“It has been an outstanding comeback by Umar Gul. He has done a lot of hardwork to get his rhythm back. He is our No 1 pacer.”
Hafeez is confident that youngsters such as Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal will play for Pakistan for a long time as they have the talent to be consistently successful.
“Umar and Shehzad have played a lot of cricket together from the U-19 days. There are four-five boys who are really talented. There’s Umar Amin, Sohaib Maqsood who are also very talented and will only get better day by day.”
Pakistan were bundled out for 71 in the final warm-up game against South Africa in Fatullah, yesterday but Hafeez is not really worried about the performance.
“Some players needed to be given a chance,” was his answer. The skipper is also of the opinion that the best XI players should play and that’s the reason he is ready to do away with Sharjeel Khan-Ahmed Shehzad opening combination after Kamran Akmal scored 52 runs in the first warm-up game against New Zealand.
“I have always believed that the in-form players should play”, Hafeez signed-off.
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