Pakistan’s all-format captain, Babar Azam, is optimistic of making a strong comeback in the ODI series after a poor display in the first match on Thursday. Babar said it was a bad day for Pakistan’s batting unit, and they are sure of bouncing back in the second ODI.
A makeshift England side defeated the Men in Green convincingly in the first ODI, winning the match by nine wickets and 28 overs to spare. Pakistan got off to a torrid start, losing Imam-ul-Haq on the first ball and Babar Azam on the third ball of the first over. The batting unit was unable to recover as the team was bowled out for 141.
Babar said that Pakistani batsmen were unable to handle the English pace attack at the start of the innings, and failure to forge any partnerships led to their downfall. He believes that this game was just a one-off, and the team will come back strongly in the next two ODIs.
“We have played against these new players in England in county cricket. We are going to bounce back. Our focus didn’t change despite the fact that we were playing against a depleted team, our process, thinking, and focus remains the same,” he said.
“You get swing with the new ball early on. It was just a bad day for us, but we will try to come back strongly, and we will try not to repeat the same mistakes again. My aim is to hold the innings together. Fakhar Zaman has been in good form alongside Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan, but it was just not our day,” he added.
The 26-year old said that there are good and bad days in cricket and was just one of those bad days. Babar said that he has complete confidence in the ability of his time, and they will have to learn quickly from their mistakes to win the series.
Babar Azam backing his boys and owning them, GHABRANA NAHI HAI, we will bounce back.
— Team Babar Azam (@Team_BabarAzam) July 8, 2021
After the loss, Babar said to his players to not lose hope, saying ‘ghabrana nahi hai’, adding that the team will put on a good showing for the rest of the tour.