T20 World Cup: Imran Tahir lauds ‘dangerous’ Pakistan

South Africa spinner believes that the Men in Green are a complete team

T20 World Cup: Imran Tahir lauds ‘dangerous’ Pakistan PHOTO: AFP

South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir has lauded Pakistan team after their impressive performances in the ongoing T20 World Cup, while speaking to Cricket Pakistan in an exclusive interview.

Pakistan have raced to three wins in as many games starting with a resounding ten-wicket opening fixture victory over arch-rivals India followed by New Zealand and Afghanistan.

Tahir believes that Pakistan have all the ingredients for a complete T20 outfit. 

“Pakistan have all the ingredients for a good team. They have good fast-bowlers, spinners, batsmen and a finisher in the shape of Asif Ali, who helped them win the last two games, which is a great sign. It’s a complete and dangerous team and they look really good going forward,” said Tahir.

He also believes that changes in Pakistan’s team management is not the reason behind the Men in Green’s prolific performance.

“I don’t think change in management would have made a big difference. As long as players enjoy each other’s success, the team does well on the field,” he added.

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The 42-year-old was expressed his disappointment over being left out of the South Africa T20 World Cup squad. Tahir is now focused on doing well for his Abu Dhabi T10 League outfit, Northern Warriors. 

“It’s difficult to watch the matches on TV as I was expecting to be a part of the event. I think they [Cricket South Africa] wanted to include young spinners but it was slightly disappointing that they announced the team without having a word with me as I was told that I was part of their plans. However, it’s good the see the team doing well and I hope they continue that,” he said.

“It’s all good now. I’m ready for T10 and my next goal is to do well in that event,” he added. 

He also believes that Pakistan and South Africa will be the two finalists of the ongoing T20 World Cup.

“I think the final will be played between Pakistan and South Africa. They both have a similar bowling attack, which will be an advantage,” he concluded.