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‘Inse jyada buzdil cricketers aaj tak nahi dekhe’: Former Pakistan cricketers slam Babar Azam-led T20 World Cup team | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Pakistan cricket team has been facing severe criticism from former cricketers and experts since losing its first two games against the USA and India in the ongoing T20 World Cup. The Babar Azam-led team kept themselves in contention with a victory over Canada in their third game, but their fate regarding progression in the tournament hinges on the performance of other teams.Commenting on the team's performance, former Pakistan batter Imran Nazir labeled Babar and his teammates as "cowards" and castigated them for making excuses.T20 World Cup Schedule | Points Table"I am sorry, but I am compelled to say that cricket is a game of the fearless. I haven't witnessed anyone as cowardly as this team [Cricket dileron ka khel hai. Yeh team jis tarike se khele hai, inse jyada buzdi...
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Watch: Calling Babar Azam ‘king’ is like a click-bait YouTube thumbnail, says former Pakistan captain Salman Butt | Cricket News – Times of India

Captain Babar Azam and the Pakistan team continue to draw flak for their lackluster show in the ongoing T20 World Cup, where the team's hopes of progressing to the 'Super 8' stage are not anymore in their hands alone. The 2009 champions faced a shocking defeat to USA in their opening match, which they lost in 'Super Over' tiebreaker. It followed a defeat against traditional rivals India after being in the winning position for 32 of the 40 overs in the match.T20 WORLD CUP: Schedule | Points TableThe team came back to beat Canada in their next match, but with two points from three matches and just a game against Ireland left to play, Pakistan now also require other results to be in their favour to finish second in the group and advance to the next round. This has led to Pakistan's former ...
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Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan equals Rohit Sharma’s big T20I record | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Pakistan's top-order batter Mohammad Rizwan equalled India captain Rohit Sharma's remarkable record of most half-centuries as an opener in T20 internationals on Tuesday. Rizwan achieved the feat during Pakistan's commanding seven-wicket triumph over Canada in the T20 World Cup encounter at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium.T20 World Cup Schedule | Points TablePakistan's prolific wicketkeeper-batter Rizwan and India's illustrious skipper Rohit have both amassed an impressive tally of 30 fifties as openers in the dynamic 20-over format.Rizwan achieved this significant milestone in just 71 innings, while Rohit required 118 innings to reach the same landmark.During Pakistan's emphatic win over Canada, Rizwan also inadvertently set an unwanted record in the T20 World...
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T20 World Cup: Caution hinting at their lack of confidence, Pakistan get over the line against Canada to keep Super 8 hopes alive

Desperate situations call for desperate measures, even if it means breaking up one of the most prolific opening partnerships for a team. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan have been almost a constant at the top of the order for Pakistan in their recent T20I history – not to great effect of late – but after two demoralising defeats to start their T20 World Cup campaign and the wave of criticism coming in their direction, the skipper made the radical decision to drop himself down the order. With net run rate also in the picture, conventional logic would suggest that the former champions would have try to get the 107-run target as quickly as possible, but the lack of confidence and vagaries of the unpredictable Nassau County pitch meant that even against a limited opposition like Canada, they ...
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T20 World Cup: Pakistan crush Canada by seven wickets to register first win | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Pakistan's batters finally delivered, securing a crucial seven-wicket victory over Canada in their must-win Group A match, giving their T20 World Cup campaign a significant boost on Tuesday.Opting to bowl first, Pakistan's bowlers put on a cohesive performance, restricting Canada to a modest total of 106/7.In the chase, openers Mohammad Rizwan and captain Babar Azam guided Pakistan to victory with 15 balls to spare, sharing a 63-run partnership for the second wicket to lay the foundation for the win.Babar contributed a run-a-ball 33, including one six and a four, while Rizwan anchored the modest chase once again, remaining unbeaten on 53 off 53 deliveries, with two fours and a six.Pakistan initially struggled in the powerplay, crawling to 28 for 1 as the Canadian seamers perf...
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Shaheen and Babar are definitely talking: Azhar Mahmood dismisses rumours of rift between the players

A can of worms were opened after Pakistan’s loss to India on Thursday with former captain Wasim Akram also indicating that things were not well behind the scenes between captain Babar Azam and pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi, with the two apparently not even in talking terms. Pakistan assistant coach Azhar Mahmood, however, has denied any rift between the two players. “Wasim must have said that, but I don’t know. I didn’t see it. Shaheen and Babar are definitely talking, they are good friends. They are both part of the Pakistan team. We have not lost because of anyone, it is our mistake too,” Mahmood said referring to the team’s six-run loss to India in which it failed to chase down a 120-run target. “We are not hiding any players, everyone is there. Everything is there. I said earlier that w...
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‘Wasim must have said that, but…’: Azhar Mahmood denies rift between skipper Babar Azam and Shaheen Afridi | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Pakistan assistant coach Azhar Mahmood has refuted claims of a disagreement between captain Babar Azam and star fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi. Mahmood stated that the recent comments made by former captain Wasim Akram, suggesting that Babar and Shaheen are not on speaking terms, are false.Furthermore, Mahmood criticized those who believe that cricketers should not have a life beyond the sport and should remain isolated in their hotel rooms, dwelling on their close loss to India.Rumors often circulate that the Pakistan team is divided into two groups, with one faction led by Babar and the other under Shaheen's influence.T20 World Cup 2024: Points Table | Schedule"Wasim must have said that, but I don't know. I didn't see it. Shaheen and Babar are definitely talking, they are ...
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‘Aapne logon ko pagal banaya, dosto ke saath team banayi’: Ahmed Shehzad accuses Babar Azam’s Pakistan | Cricket News – Times of India

Pakistan's narrow defeat in a thrilling Group A match against archrivals India last Sunday at the ongoing T20 World Cup continues to invite the fury of fans, experts and former players, who are demanding an explanation from captain Babar Azam and the Pakistan Cricket Board. Chasing India's paltry 119 all out, Pakistan were cruising at one stage, requiring 47 runs in as many balls with eight wickets in hand.But led by bowling spearheard and 'Player of the Match' Jasprit Bumrah (3 for 14), India made a memorable comeback by limiting Pakistan to 113 for 7 for a six-run win.T20 WORLD CUP: Schedule | Points TableThe repercussions of Pakistan's second consecutive defeat, after a stunning loss against co-hosts USA in their opening match, are felt in the words of former players who are question...
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T20 World Cup: Up to the players to decide the way forward, says Pakistan coach Gary Kirsten | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW YORK: When the ICC media manager came in and announced that the Pakistan team had left the stadium without doing their mixed-zone formalities, one sensed things had gone sour in their camp.With the game all but wrapped up, Pakistan threw it all away. Mohammed Rizwan tried an inexplicable across the line shot against Jasprit Bumrah and threw his wicket away to invite a collapse.T20 WORLD CUP: Schedule | Points Table“These guys are all international players and they’re aware that when they’re not performing at their best, there’s going to be pressure put on them.A lot of these guys have played a lot of T20 cricket around the world over many years and it’s really up to them to decide how they’re going to take their games forward,” Pakistan head coach Gary Kirsten said, looking bitterly...
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Shoaib Malik wants Babar Azam to quit Pakistan’s captaincy, questions Mohammad Rizwan’s shot selection

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has made a scathing attack on captain Babar Azam and the batting approach of the team’s senior players during their six-run loss against India in the ongoing T20 World Cup. After their bowlers restricted India to a below average total of 119, and they had six wickets in hand while chasing 40 runs from 35 balls even after their trusted anchor Mohammad Rizwan departed, Pakistan’s extraordinary collapse in the run chase drew the ire of some of former cricketers. “I have been saying for a long time, please leave captaincy. You are a class player, and you will only be able to show your class when you do not have additional responsibilities on you. If Babar stays away from captaincy, it will be good for him,” Shoaib Malik said on Ten Sports. Former captain M...
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‘I will speak openly after the T20 World Cup’: Shahid Afridi vows to name people who ‘spoiled’ Pakistan team | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi announced that he plans to reveal the inside story of the current team and expose the individuals who have ‘spoiled the unit’ once the ongoing T20 World Cup concludes.The selection process of the Pakistan team has been under scrutiny, with criticism from several former cricketers, including ex-PCB chairman Ramiz Raja and Kamran Akmal.In an interview on a local TV channel, Afridi, joined by young pacer Mohammad Wasim, was questioned about the lack of unity within the national team. Afridi chose not to divulge details at that moment, stating that he would speak openly after the T20 World Cup finishes."He knows many things, and so do I, but we cannot talk openly. I will speak openly after the World Cup, our people themselves have spoiled thi...
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‘Rizwan has no game awareness’ ‘Horrible’ ‘Pseudo-allrounders’ – Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Mudassar Nazar slam Pakistan team after India loss

After their bowlers restricted India to a below average total of 119, and they had six wickets in hand while chasing 40 runs from 35 balls even after their trusted anchor Mohammad Rizwan departed, Pakistan’s extraordinary collapse in the run chase drew the ire of some of the former cricketers. Much of the criticism has been directed at the faltering batting department as their hopes to advance through the group stages hang by a thread. Akram tears into batting Former captain Wasim Akram did not hold back in his assessment of Pakistan’s batting performance. “They have been playing cricket for 10 years, and I can’t teach them. Rizwan has no game awareness… Iftikhar Ahmed knows one shot on the leg side. He has been a part of the team for years but doesn’t know how to bat… I can’t go and te...
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‘Babar Azam should make way for…’: Shahid Afridi proposes changes in Pakistan playing eleven after loss to India | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former captain Shahid Afridi has suggested a couple of changes to the Pakistan playing eleven following their dramatic loss to India in the T20 World Cup. Afridi proposed that skipper Babar Azam should drop down to No. 3 in the batting order to accommodate Fakhar Zaman at the top.With Pakistan suffering defeats to both USA and India, they are facing a crucial must-win game against Canada in New York on Tuesday.Afridi's suggestions aim to bolster Pakistan's lineup and turn their fortunes around in the tournament."I think now is the time for Gary Kirsten and Babar Azam to make some changes. I would like to see Salman Ali Agha come into the side in place of Usman Khan and Abrar Ahmed to come in for Shadab Khan," Afridi told ICC."Most of all, I believe Fakhar Zaman should be prom...
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Babar Azam’s Pakistan will need favour from Team India to qualify for T20 World Cup Super 8 stage

Babar Azam-led Pakistan will need a big favour from Rohit Sharma’s Team India to stay alive in the T20 World Cup. After Pakistan’s narrow six-run defeat against India at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York on Sunday, the 2022 runners-up, on the brink of a group-stage exit. As things stand, Pakistan are currently in fourth place in Group A with two more games in their hands and to qualify for the Super 8 stage, they would not only need to win their remaining two fixtures against Canada and Ireland by a big margin but will also have to hope that India must thump the USA, and then Ireland to beat the co-hosts of the tournament. India had defeated Ireland by eight wickets in its opening game at the same ground and leads Group A with four points and a better net run rat...
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‘Make these players sit at home’: Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis slam Pakistan after defeat to India in T20 World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Pakistan fast-bowlers Wasim Akaram and Waqar Younis have sharply criticized the Babar Azam-led side for their six-run defeat to India in the T20 World Cup, questioning their inability to win despite restricting India to a modest total of 119.T20 World Cup Schedule | Points TableDuring the chase, Pakistan appeared to be in control at 72/2 after 12 overs, with Mohammad Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman at the crease.However, their dismissals triggered a collapse, and the team could only manage 113/7, falling short by six runs."I think India gave Pakistan a good chance of winning this game by batting poorly. They could have easily put up maybe 140-150. Losing those seven wickets right at the end didn't really help. However, India is such a good balanced side. If they don't bat well...
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PCB chief says ‘minor surgery’ not enough for Babar Azam-led side, board will go for a ‘major surgery’

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Mohsin Naqvi didn’t mince his words while criticising Babar Azam-led side’s six-run loss against arch-rivals India in the T20 World Cup. “It seemed initially that a minor surgery would suffice but following the extremely poor performance against India, it is clear that a major surgery is necessary,” Naqvi was quoted as saying by the multiple Pakistani media outlets. “Our performance is at its lowest. Improving the team’s performance is our biggest challenge.” Chasing 120-run target, Pakistan could only muster 113 for 7 in New York on Sunday. “It is very disappointing the way we lost to the USA and now this loss to India. We need to now start looking at players beyond those in the team right now,” he said. India’s Virat Kohli, left, walks off the ...
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‘Making things difficult in the run-chase’: Former Pakistan skipper Salim Malik accuses Imad Wasim of ‘wasting balls’ | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Pakistan captain Salim Malik has accused all-rounder Imad Wasim of deliberately wasting balls during Pakistan's six-run defeat to India in their ICC T20 World Cup match in New York. Chasing a modest target of 120 runs, Pakistan fell short at 113 for 7, consuming a staggering 59 dot balls in the process.Imad Wasim's slow-paced innings saw him take 23 balls to score just 15 runs, which Malik criticized as detrimental to Pakistan's run chase. T20 World Cup Schedule | Points Table"You look at his (Wasim) innings and it appears as if he was wasting balls, not scoring runs, and making things difficult in the run-chase," Malik said on the 24 News channel.Adding to the controversy, another former captain, Shahid Afridi, hinted at internal discord within the team, suggesting th...
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T20 World Cup: Pakistan fan who sold his tractor to watch the match ‘disheartened’ after team lost to India | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India secured their seventh T20 World Cup victory over Pakistan in a gripping encounter in New York, sparking joyous celebrations among Indian fans and heartbreak among Pakistani supporters. The narrow six-run win, powered by Jasprit Bumrah's exceptional three-wicket haul and Rishabh Pant's counter-attacking innings, kept India's World Cup hopes alive with two group stage matches remaining.T20 World Cup Schedule | Points TableThe match at Nassau County Stadium saw a record attendance, with fans witnessing a tense battle that ended in a dramatic fashion. Following the match, scenes outside the stadium were a testament to the intense emotions the game evoked. A 'sea of Blue' celebrated with energetic dances to the beats of dhols and loud chants of "India India."Amidst the jubil...
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‘New continent, same result’: Sachin Tendulkar hails bowlers after India’s thrilling win over Pakistan in New York | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's bowlers, led by the brilliant Jasprit Bumrah, secured a thrilling six-run victory over Pakistan in a dramatic low-scoring T20 World Cup clash on Sunday. Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who was present at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium with wife Anjali and daughter Sara, took to social media to praise the Indian team's performance and the electric atmosphere in New York.T20 World Cup Schedule | Points TableTendulkar tweeted: "India vs Pakistan. New continent, same result. T20 may be a batters’ game, but in New York, bowlers were the Apple of our eyes today. What a thrilling match! Great atmosphere and a wonderful exhibition of our great game in America. Well played, India."India, after being bowled out for a modest 119 in 19 overs, faced a challenging...
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‘Dot balls cost us the match’, says Pakistan skipper Babar Azam after defeat against India | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Pakistan skipper Babar Azam remarked that the 59 dot balls conceded during their chase were the turning point in their T20 World Cup game against India in New York on Sunday.“We bowled well. In the batting, we lost back-to-back wickets and consumed too many dot balls. Again, we weren't up to the mark in the first six," Babar said after the match.When asked about the strategy, Babar mentioned that it was about playing normal cricket.“Tactics were simple to play normally. Just strike rotation and the odd boundary. But in that period, we had too many dot balls. Can't expect much from tail-enders.”Babar had a contrarian view on the surface, differing from many who felt the ball wasn't coming onto the bat.“Pitch looked decent. The ball was coming on nicely. It was a little bit slo...
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How Jaspirt Bumrah-led India strangled Pakistan to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: "Haar se Jitane waale ko Bumrah kehte hain," said former opener Virender Sehwag as he along with millions of fans hailed the speedster for his sensational spell that helped India snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against Pakistan in the low-scoring blockbuster at the Nassau Stadium in New York on Sunday.Jasprit Bumrah was at his lethal best as he produced one his finest spells in T20 cricket to lead India's sensational win over the arch-rivals.Producing an unbelievable spell of 4-0-14-3 that saw him bowl as many as 15 dot balls, Bumrah stunned Pakistan in their chase of 120 as India clinched an edge of the seat thriller.After dismissing India for 119 in 19 overs, Pakistan looked favourites in the contest. But a Bumrah special floored Pakistan as they failed to chase down...
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T20 World Cup: India rises from the dead, defeat Pakistan by 6 runs in low scoring thriller

Indian bowlers led by Jasprit Bumrah defended a low score of 120 as Pakistan suffered a collapse after starting steadily as they fell to a 6-run loss at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium on Sunday. Bumrah ran rampant with 3 wickets while Hardik Pandya took 2 with Axar Patel and Arshdeep Singh chipping in with a wicket apiece as India snached victory from the jaws of inevitable defeat. Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan started the Men in Green’s run chase swimmingly before Jasprit Bumrah sent back the captain for 13 with the Pakistan going 26/1 after 5 overs. Usman Khan and Fakhar Zaman would both score 13 each as well as Pakistan suffered a wobble in the run chase. To make it worse, Rizwan was cleaned up by Bumrah for 31 while Shadab Khan fell to Hardik Pandya for 4 with Paki...
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Rohit Sharma forgets coin in his pocket during the toss; Babar Azam bursts into laughter. Watch | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Forgetting things is nothing new for Rohit Sharma and the Indian skipper on Sunday had another hilarious moment during the T20 World Cup match against Pakistan in New York.Before the highly anticipated game, Rohit momentarily forgot the location of the coin during the toss. As the match referee and Ravi Shastri pondered the whereabouts of the coin, Rohit reached into his pocket and retrieved it.The situation amused everyone present, including Pakistan captain Babar Azam. The clip of the toss that has surfaced on social media and went viral in no time.Babar won the toss and opted to bowl against India in their T20 World Cup Group A match at Nassau International Cricket Stadium. Light rain delayed the toss by half an hour.India, the pre-tournament favourites, won their opening ...
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‘In awe of your charisma’: Ravi Shastri’s passionate introduction before toss floors Rohit Sharma, Babar Azam and fans. Watch | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Commentator Ravi Shastri's roaring, passionate and energetic introduction to India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup game to New York before the toss on Sunday left the internet abuzz with fans hailing his enthusiasm for the game.Ahead of the toss, Shastri delivered a thunderous monologue, introducing the clash between the arch-rivals, that even floored both skippers Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam. Both Rohit and Babar, standing beside Shastri were seen smiling together during the commentator's long introduction.The Internet too was mighty impressed with Shastri's energy at the toss.Over the years, Shastri has built a reputation of being one of the greatest voices in world cricket. Earlier, rain delayed the start of the marquee T20 World Cup clash between India and Pakistan.The rain beg...
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‘It makes India vs Pakistan clash…’: Rishabh Pant on viral ‘Tel lagao dabur ka, wicket lo Babar ka’ chant | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The fervent and zealous fans play a pivotal role in the electrifying atmosphere during the epic cricketing clashes between the arch-rivals India and Pakistan. The passionate supporters of both nations, with their unwavering loyalty and enthusiasm, create an ambiance filled with excitement, tension, and patriotic fervor.India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant shared his thoughts on the fervent support and enthusiasm displayed by fans during the highly anticipated match between India and Pakistan.During a recent interview, the host inquired about Pant's opinion on a particular chant that Indian fans used when for Pakistan captain Babar Azam. The chant, which goes "Tel lagao Dabur ka, wicket lo Babar ka," has become a popular rallying cry among Indian supporters whenever the two teams m...
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‘Virat k jute k barabar bhi nahi hai’: Former Pakistan cricketer weighs in on Virat Kohli vs Babar Azam debate | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India and Pakistan share not only geographical proximity but also a rich cricketing rivalry that has spanned years. The comparison between former Indian captain Virat Kohli and current Pakistani captain Babar Azam is a frequent topic of debate among cricket enthusiasts. Ahead of the highly anticipated T20 World Cup clash between the two nations, former Pakistani cricketer Danish Kaneria offered his perspective on who he believes is the superior player.ALSO SEE: T20 World Cup Schedule | T20 World Cup Points TableKaneria's comments came in the context of ongoing comparisons between Azam and Kohli, especially following notable performances. He expressed a strong opinion, suggesting that Kohli's achievements and skill level are not matched by Azam, especially highlighting a momen...