T20 World Cup: Babar Azam opens up after defeat against India

India won the crucial match against Pakistan by four wickets

T20 World Cup: Babar Azam opens up after defeat against India PHOTO: AFP

Babar Azam has frequently been compared to Virat Kohli. Without a doubt, the two are the best batters in the world. On Sunday, however, even Pakistan's captain was in awe of Kohli, who orchestrated India's spectacular T20 World Cup victory at the MCG.

The difference between the two teams was Kohli's inspired batting. "In the first ten overs, our bowlers were excellent. Virat and Hardik deserve credit for how they closed the game, "Babar stated after the defeat.

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But when the conversation turned to Kohli, Babar was effusive in his praise. "Virat Kohli just showed his class today. It was a close game, and people enjoyed it."

According to Babar, " winning a pressure game will help Kohli's psyche following a three-year slump."Pakistan vs India is always an extra-pressure game; the more quickly you can overcome it, the better. That's why he is a big player, there was pressure on him, and he overcame it and built his innings. The way they built partnership was the turning point," the Pakistan skipper said.

"This innings must have given him a lot of confidence, and when you win these kinds of games, you mentally feel good," he added.

The questions were raised on why was the left-arm spinner Mohammed Nawaz was brought in for the 20th over when the pacers' quota of overs had already been exhausted.

"When the partnership (Kohli-Pandya) was building, we needed to get wickets, and I thought of bringing my main bowler and building pressure. But the plan didn't work out as I would have thought. Nawaz will learn from this and realize what he needs to do next time he faces this kind of situation."

Babar was sure they could not continue to mourn their setback because the tournament had just begun." We will remain confident. We will learn from this defeat. Some good things happened, and some mistakes happened. We will deliberate, and it's just the start of the tournament, and we have a lot of games left," he said.

"The quicker we get over it better it is. We have back-to-back matches, and we need to focus on that."