In a moment of celebration and reflection, Captain Babar Azam expressed his gratitude and admiration for his team’s extraordinary performance, leading Pakistan to a historic victory with the highest-ever successful run chase in Cricket World Cup history. 

Team’s Stellar Performance  

Babar Azam credited the team’s collective effort, emphasizing the pivotal roles played by Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Rizwan. He said, “All credit to the boys, especially Abdullah and Rizwan, the way they built the partnership and put pressure on Sri Lanka.” Babar’s appreciation for his team’s resilience showcased the camaraderie and unity within the squad.

Reflecting on the match’s early phases, Babar acknowledged the team’s initial struggles, saying, “We weren’t up to the mark in the first 20-30 overs.” Despite the early setbacks, Pakistan’s captain commended his players for their ability to adapt and perform under pressure.

Kusal Mendis’ Brilliance 

Babar Azam also acknowledged Kusal Mendis‘ outstanding innings, recognizing the Sri Lankan batter’s exceptional performance in setting a challenging target. This gesture highlighted his sportsmanship and respect for the opposition.

Discussing the inclusion of Abdullah Shafique, Babar expressed his satisfaction with the young player’s performance. He explained, “His hunger to play, I saw him in the nets, so I decided to play him.” This decision proved crucial as Shafique contributed significantly to Pakistan’s victory.

Gratitude to Fans

Babar Azam concluded by expressing gratitude to the Hyderabad crowd for their unwavering support throughout the tournament, saying, “Thank you so much for supporting us throughout the one and a half weeks.” His acknowledgement of the fans underscored the role of passionate supporters in Pakistan’s journey to success. 

Babar Azam’s words encapsulated the spirit of teamwork, adaptability, and gratitude that fueled Pakistan’s historic World Cup triumph. As the nation celebrates this remarkable achievement, his captaincy and leadership will continue to inspire future generations of cricketers and fans worldwide.

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