- Shadab Khan admits criticism, highlighting the team’s do-or-die mindset ahead of a crucial clash.
- Coach Mickey Arthur asserts Pakistan’s need to win all six matches, injecting optimism amid the challenging campaign.
- Captain Babar Azam’s pep talk revs up the team, recalling past comebacks, setting the tone for the pivotal match against South Africa.
Pakistan’s campaign in the 2023 World Cup has been marred by challenges, with back-to-back defeats putting them on the brink of elimination. Ahead of their do-or-die clash against South Africa, all-rounder Shadab Khan addressed concerns about his recent form and expressed the team’s determination to bounce back.
Shadab Khan, who has only managed two wickets in four World Cup matches, acknowledged the criticism surrounding his performance. In a pre-match conference on Thursday.
Shadab Khan said,“An all-rounder should do well in all three departments of the game.” The 25-year-old emphasized the team’s resilience, stating, “All matches are do-or-die for us, but I’m hopeful that better days will start from tomorrow.”
The vice-captain stressed the pivotal role of strong bowling performances in the tournament, an area where Pakistan has faced challenges.
Shadab Khan added,“The teams who bowl well will go deep in the tournament. Our bowling has not been up to the mark so far. Hopefully, our bowlers will put up a better show in the remaining matches.”
Amidst the struggle, head coach Mickey Arthur remains confident in Pakistan’s ability to turn things around. His optimism injects hope into a team facing a critical juncture in the tournament.
Mickey Arthur asserted ,“We have to win all 6 matches and win the World Cup now. We know we can do that, and there’s no reason why we can’t. Our perfect game is good enough to beat any team in the world,”
Adding to the team’s motivation, captain Babar Azam delivered a rallying cry before the do-or-die match against South Africa.
In an inspiring message to the team, Babar Azam stated,“We have done this many times before! When we fall, we rise and go far ahead. Remember that.”
In a bid to maintain focus and unity, Shadab Khan revealed that the team is avoiding social media to shield themselves from external negativity.
Shadab Khan concluded,“Our team is united, and we aren’t focusing on what people are saying about us. We also don’t follow social media much. It’s better if we stay away from it.”
As Pakistan braces for a crucial clash against South Africa, the statements from key figures within the team underscore the gravity of the situation and their collective resolve to stage a comeback in the tournament.
The do-or-die encounter against South Africa becomes not just a match but a defining moment for Pakistan’s World Cup journey.