Melbourne: Pakistan captain Babar Azam urged his players to believe in themselves and told fans to keep praying for the delivery of their second T20 World Cup title on Sunday.
After losing their first two Super 12 matches, the 2009 champions have bounced back magnificently and go strong into Sunday’s final against England at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
“I’m more excited than nervous as we’ve performed well in our last three games,” Babar told reporters at the MCG on Saturday.
“There is no doubt that the pressure exists, but it can only be suppressed with confidence and faith in ourselves. And to obtain good results, it is impertinent that one should do it.”
“The nation of Pakistan has always been our backbone. They support us through their enthusiasm. I would again ask you to support us and keep praying.”
The final comes 30 years after Imran Khan’s Pakistan beat England to win the World Cup over 50 years, the country’s first white-ball world title.
Pakistan’s chief of the board, Ramiz Raja, who led off the batting and took the final catch that sealed victory in the 1992 final, shared memories of the tournament with Babar’s team on Friday.
“When the president came and shared his World Cup experience, it gave our confidence a huge boost,” Babar said.
A settled Pakistan are unlikely to make changes to their squad for the final, and Babar said they would not deviate from the reliable game plan.
“Our strategy is to stick to our plan and use our attacking pace as our strength to win the final,” he added.
“Using the power play to grab that many wickets is going to be essential to the match.”